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The PT Compact: Don't Miss Out on Great Opportunities

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by Brook Jillings

For many in the physical therapy field, the Physical Therapy Compact, or PT Compact, is a game changer for seeking employment opportunities. Obtaining a PT Compact license streamlines the process of seeking additional PT licenses in participating states while offering more consistent care to the public.

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What are the benefits of the PT Compact

The PT Compact was created to allow physical therapists and physical therapy assistants to take their skills to participating states without requiring a full application for a new state license. This allows healthcare professionals in these fields greater occupational flexibility and makes it easier to fill these positions with qualified personnel from out of state. Instead of applying for a new state license, applicants can simply purchase compact privileges for the states they want to work in. This results in:

  • Less paperwork
  • Lower costs
  • Shorter wait times

The public also benefits from this arrangement. The PT Compact increases access to PT providers, creates a more consistent model of care and helps facilitate alternative methods for care delivery such as telehealth. Physical therapists whose spouses are in traveling professions, such as the military, will find it easier to transfer to new facilities in participating states after a move.

How to get a PT Compact license

Obtaining a PT Compact license requires that you meet the following eligibility standards:

  • Hold a current and valid PT or PTA license in your PT Compact participating state
  • Have no license encumbrances
  • Have no disciplinary action within the last two years

If you meet these criteria and the state you are applying for is a PT Compact state currently issuing compact privileges, the next steps are to pass the jurisprudence exam and pay all applicable fees. Once those requirements are fulfilled, you can begin practicing in your new state.

States that participate in the PT Compact

The PT Compact states that currently issue privileges are:

  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Utah

The states that have enacted PT Compact legislation but are not yet issuing compact privileges are:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Pennsylvania has introduced PT Compact legislation, but it has not yet been enacted.

As a PT or PTA, you may find yourself wondering if there are more opportunities out there for your career. Obtaining PT Compact privileges in participating states can expand your job pool and give you the chance to increase your exposure to different settings and new colleagues. These new experiences can help pad your resume and give you more career flexibility.


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