Sec. K-1. 32 MRSA §3112, sub-§5, ¶H, as amended by PL 1983, c. 553, §46, is further amended to read:
authorize issuance of certificates of licensure by the Central Licensing Division of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation which shall process and issue initial and renewal certificates of licensure. The licensing division shall maintain a register containing names and addresses of each person licensed and such other information as that is deemed considered necessary by the board and the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. This information shall be is open for public inspection during regular office hours; and
Sec. K-2. 32 MRSA §3113-B, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 178, §3, is amended to read:
4. Graduate physical therapist or assistant. The supervised practice of a graduate physical
therapy by a graduate physical therapist or graduate physical therapist assistant, who has filed with the is approved by the board an application to sit for licensure by examination and has met all the qualifications between the date of filing and the publication of, until the results of the next examination , as long as that person indicates that that person is a have been published. The graduate and works must work in a facility employing at least one physical therapist licensed to practice in this State who assumes responsibility for patient-related activities of the individual applicant. This responsibility must be verified in advance of the graduate engaging in the practice of physical therapy pursuant to this section. That verification must be accompanied by the supervising physical therapist filing a supervisor's affidavit with the board on a form provided by the board;
Sec. K-3. 32 MRSA §3114-A, sub-§1, as amended by PL 1983, c. 413, §§132 and 133, is further amended to read:
1. Qualification. To qualify for a license as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, an applicant
shall must meet the following requirements:
A. Demonstrate that
he the applicant is trustworthy and competent to engage in practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public;
B. Be a graduate of an educational program for the physical therapist or the physical therapist assistant
which that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Commissioner of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation, or both, and approved by the board; or if the applicant has been trained in another country, present satisfactory evidence that he the applicant has graduated from a school of physical therapy approved or accredited in the country where the school is located and have educational credentials equivalent to those of the United States trained physical therapist or physical therapist assistant; and
C. Pass an examination, approved by the board, to determine the applicant's fitness to practice as a physical therapist or to act as a physical therapist assistant. The board may waive the examination requirement for an applicant who is currently licensed in another state by virtue of having previously passed a qualifying examination acceptable to the board, provided that the passing standards for the examination were equivalent to those then required by the law of this State.
Applicants trained in another country must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English
and complete up to one year experience in employment approved by the board under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
Sec. K-4. 32 MRSA §3114-A, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1983, c. 413, §§134 and 135, is further amended to read:
2. Application. To apply for a license as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, an applicant shall:
A. Submit a written application with supporting documents to the board on forms provided by the board; and
B. Pay an application fee
and examination fee established by the board in amounts which are reasonable and necessary for their respective purposes an amount not to exceed $75.
In case the application is denied and permission to take the examination refused, the examination fee only must be returned to the applicant. An applicant who fails to pass the examination is entitled to a reexamination within 6 months upon repayment of the examination fee only. If an applicant fails one section of the examination, that applicant must repeat the entire examination. An applicant may not take any part of the examination more than 3 times, unless that applicant submits evidence of having acquired additional formal education related to the previously failed examination section or sections.
Sec. K-5. 32 MRSA §3116, as repealed and replaced by PL 1983, c. 413, §137, is amended to read:
§3116. Biennial licensure renewal; fees
shall must be renewed biennially on or before March 31st of each even-numbered year or at such other times as the Commissioner of Business Professional and Financial Regulation may designate. The biennial licensure renewal fee shall may not exceed $60. The Central Licensing Division shall notify each licensee, at his last known address, 30 days in advance of the expiration of his license. Renewal notices shall be on forms provided by the board. Any license not renewed by March 31st automatically expires. The board may renew an expired license if the renewal notice is returned within 90 days of the expiration date and upon payment of a late fee of $10 in addition to the renewal fee. Any person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date shall be is subject to all requirements governing new applicants under this chapter, except that the board may in its discretion, giving due consideration to the protection of the public, waive examination if the renewal application is made within 2 years from the date of that expiration.
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