Scope of Practice for Kinesiotherapy
The Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT) recently conducted an extensive review and update of the “Scope of Practice for Kinesiotherapy” and the “Standards of Practice for Kinesiotherapy”. The core principles that Kinesiotherapy was founded on remain the same, but technological advances, evolving medical practice and evidence-based methodology necessitate a continuing update of these documents.
Please review these updated revisions and become familiar with them so that you can effectively use them as a basis for your clinical practice.
Jerry W. Purvis, M.S, RKT
The Scope of Practice for Kinesiotherapy and the Standards of Practice for Kinesiotherapy are two documents developed and maintained by the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPSKT). The Scope of Practice reflects the evaluation and comprehensive treatment interventions that a Registered Kinesiotherapist (RKT) is qualified to use in their clinical practice. More specifically it reflects the evaluation procedures and treatment interventions that an RKT is competent and fully qualified to perform. The Standards of Practice for Kinesiotherapy document sets the parameters for implementing the KT Scope of Practice.
The evaluation procedures and treatment interventions identified in the Scope of Practice must be based on specific skills that are taught in an accredited KT program and therefore establish the RKT’s level of competence in a clinical setting. As the KT curriculum in conjunction with the varied treatment interventions used in a clinical setting continue to evolve over time, the COPSKT periodically revises and updates Scope and Standards documents.