Objective and Function

The primary objective of the Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers is to protect the public from unsafe practices and practices which tend to reduce competition or fix prices for services. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board

  • develops standards for professional competency
  • promulgates rules and regulations
  • adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.

The Board issues licenses to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and athletic trainers, including temporary licenses.

The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 26.


Unless notified otherwise, the Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., except May and November. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.

To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.



NEW CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT: Senate Bill 98, enacted on June 30, 2014, establishes a new requirement for State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks in this profession. The purpose of the requirement is to ensure that the backgrounds of Delaware healthcare practitioners are thoroughly screened.

The requirement applies to license applications filed on or after June 30, 2014. Application forms and instructions have been revised to reflect the new requirement. In addition, all current licensees whose fingerprints are not already on file with the Delaware Justice Information System must submit fingerprints to the Delaware State Bureau of Identification no later than January 1, 2016. The Division of Professional Regulation will notify current licensees of the procedure for complying with this new requirement.

NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS: The Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers has revised its Rules and Regulations to include the following:

  • You must complete 0.2 units (2 hours) of Ethics as part of your required continuing education units (CEUs) for each renewal.  You must also complete a CPR course that will count for a maximum of 0.1 unit (one hour) toward your CEUs.  You must meet this new requirement for your next license renewal in 2015.  See Section 13.1.
  • You now have a mandatory duty to report to the Division of Professional Regulation if you have knowledge that another PT, PTA or AT licensee has violated the Board’s Code of Professional Conduct in Section 12.0 or has violated any other Delaware law or rule pertaining to physical therapy or athletic training.  See Section 12.23. 
  • Supervision of Physical Therapist Assistants has been redefined. See Section 1.2.3.

To read the new rules in their entirety, click Rules and Regulations and scroll to the sections referenced above.

Phone - Fax - Email
(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711

Mailing address:
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904