Notice for Initial Licensure Applicants and Renewals

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2009

Please review the questions on the PTA Program application regarding criminal history carefully. If you are unable to determine how to answer the questions you may request the court documents from the clerk of the court in the county where the offense occurred to be better prepared to answer those questions.

Section 456.0635 Medicaid fraud; disqualification for license, certificate, or registration.

Each board within the jurisdiction of the department, or the department if there is no board, shall refuse to admit a candidate to any examination and refuse to issue or renew a license, certificate, or registration to any applicant if the candidate or applicant or any principal, officer, agent, managing employee, or affiliated person of the applicant, has been:

(a) Convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under chapter 409, chapter 817, chapter 893, 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970, or 42 U.S.C. ss.1395-1396, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;

(b) Terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to s. 409.913, unless the applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five (5) years;

(c) Terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program or the federal Medicare program, unless the applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program or the federal Medicare program for the most recent five (5) years and the termination occurred at least 20 years prior to the date of the application.

Please visit the Department of Health’s Medical Quality Assurance to review the specific provisions and any updates of this law, which will apply to any applicants for licensure, and potentially to licensees attempting to renew their licenses, if found to be in violation of this law.

If you believe that you may be impacted by this law or if you have a criminal record, obtain any court records applicable to a related infraction and consult with a qualified private attorney to determine the impact of the law on your circumstances. You are also advised to contact the Board of Physical Therapy Practice to determine how your criminal record may impact your ability to obtain a license to practice. The Board of Physical Therapy Practice can be reached at:

2020 Capital Circle, SE, BIN # CO5
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255
Telephone: 850 488.0595
Fax: 850.414.6860