Kinesiotherapists; licensure. (SB573)

Introduced By

Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News), Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Kinesiotherapists; licensure required. Creates a Board of Kinesiotherapy within the Department of Health Professions responsible for the licensure and regulation of kinesiotherapists. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101458D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/26/2010Assigned Education sub: Health Licensing
01/28/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB573)
02/11/2010Continued to 2011 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Subject matter referred by letter to the Department of Health Professions
02/11/2010Pursuant to Senate Rule 20(L)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB727.

Comments

Rob Smith writes:

Kinesiotherapy is a professional practice of the subject of kinesiology and is taught at Norfolk State University in a dedicated program that has enjoyed 30 years of existence in Virginia. Despite having been founded in 1946 as a means of rehabilitating seriously injured soldiers back into active duty through Veterans’ Affairs, kinesiotherapy currently lacks accreditation and an avenue for licensure in our Commonwealth.

The practice of kinesiotherapy is similar in theme to physical therapy and rehabilitation practices but the needs of kinesiotherapy patients are far more disparate in nature. The applications of the practice are rigorous and focus greatly on long term care and for serious disabilities and injuries in the wellness, sub-acute and extended care settings. Practitioners that pass the comprehensive requirements of testing are expected to engage in administering scientifically based exercise methods, upon medical referral and direction, with particular focus on developing muscular strength, stamina and endurance, as well as enhancing the mobility of patients with functional limitations. Specifically, a kinesiotherapist is a health care professional trained in musculoskeletal, neurological, biomechanical and task-specific tests and practices that take a hands-on approach toward rehabilitation in addition to communicating with clients and setting goals for recovery.

Licensure of kinesiotherapists in the Commonwealth of Virginia will not only increase access for the physically disabled, including veterans, to much needed physical reconditioning avenues but will also retain and create jobs stemming from demand created by degree holders from institutions such as Norfolk State University instead of bleeding such jobs into states that guarantee licensure such as North Carolina. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs nationally recognizes kinesiotherapy as an allied health care profession and the practicum for obtaining a degree at Norfolk State University adheres to the national standards for kinesiotherapy, a discipline that certainly merits licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.