Physical Therapy Regulations

The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (MDBPTE) was established in 1947 under Title 13, Health Occupations Article and its Rules and Regulations. The mission of the Board is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all Marylanders through the enforcement of applicable statutes and regulations. The mission is accomplished by establishing appropriate eligibility requirements, setting practice parameters and standards of conduct and the enforcement of these requirements, parameters, and standards.

Open Session Board meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM and are open to the public. Public Open Meeting
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Duties of the Board include writing regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and disciplining those who violate the law. The most important function is protecting the citizens of Maryland.
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News from the Board

  • Temporary Licensure for PTs and PTAs
    During the 2021 Legislative Session, a bill was passed that will allow the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners the authority to issue temporary licenses to practice physical therapy and limited physical therapy to physical therapist and physical therapist assistant applicants who have been determined to be eligible for initial licensure but have not yet taken and passed the national licensure exam.

    Temporary licensure would allow these applicants to practice under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist for a limited period of time pending successfully passing the exam. More details will be available from the licensing board. 
  • Renewal Notice and Extension
  • On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Maryland Department of Health launched MD COVID Alert, an exposure notification system that uses Bluetooth technology to notify Marylanders of possible exposure to COVID-19. MD COVID Alert is a voluntary and confidential tool to support our contact tracing efforts and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. Everyone is encouraged   to join the more than 826,000 Marylanders who have already added their phones to the fight against COVID-19 by enabling MD COVID Alert. Opting in is simple and easy — iPhone users can go to their phone's Settings, enable Exposure Notifications, and select Maryland as their region. Android users can download the MD COVID Alert app through the Play Store.
    Read the MD COVID Alert news release here, and visit the website at
  • Telehealth Fact Sheet (April 24, 2020)
    Recommended Resources: APTAMD Telehealth Resources and Payment Information

    >>>See APTAMD COVID-19 News Archives for Additional Information

The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners:

Karen Gordes, PT, PhD, DScPT, Chair
Rebecca Holsinger, PT, DPT, NCS, CVTP, Vice Chair
Samuel Esterson, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS
Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT
Sumesh Thomas, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT, FAAOMPT
Enjeen L. Woolford, PTA
James Connors, Public Member
Meredith Levert, Public Member

Board Office: (410) 764-4718