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The PT Compact: Allied Travel Adventures Await in 2019

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The PT Compact: Allied Travel Adventures Await in 2019

By Tiffany Aller

The Physical Therapy Compact was designed to enable therapists to carry their same license to other states without starting the licensure process from scratch. The compact went live in July 2018, beginning with a handful of PT Compact states and then rapidly adding others throughout the summer and fall. This is great news for practicing physical therapists who are interested in the adventures of travel healthcare positions.


PT Compact states in early 2019

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) set a goal to eventually reach 53 jurisdictions through legislation enacting the PT Compact. If you’ve been wondering “What are the PT Compact states?” look no further. As of January 2019, there are 21 PT Compact states. Some of them are already issuing licenses, while others are scheduled to come online in 2019 and beyond.

The states actively issuing licenses through the PT Compact include:

  • North Dakota (July 2018)
  • Missouri (July 2018)
  • Tennessee (July 2018)
  • Mississippi (July 2018)
  • Oregon (July 2018)
  • Utah (October 2018)
  • New Hampshire (Fall 2018)
  • Iowa (January 2019)
  • Texas (January 2019)

Other states that have passed legislation but aren’t yet accepting applications are:

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

Must-know info on the PT Compact

The PT Compact sets out baseline requirements that all therapists must meet in order to achieve licensure in another state. In addition to needing to know about these requirements, therapists will find that individual states have their own add-on requirements. These rules, regulations and expectations include:

1. Physical therapists must live in a state already issuing licenses through the compact and must be applying for licensure in another state that is also already issuing licenses.

2. PTs must have a current unexpired license in order to apply and must not have had any encumbrances levied against that license.

3. PTs must meet all the requirements set by their home state, including completing any necessary continuing education.

4. States can set individual licensing fees, and in some states, therapists must pass a jurisprudence exam as part of the cross-state licensure process.

5. Physical therapists are bound by the rules in the state where they are currently working, including following the scope of practice set by that state.

6. License renewal dates as well as dates for completion of continuing education units are dictated by the therapist’s home state of record.

7. Military members and their spouses may be able to declare alternative home states as well as benefit from reduced or waived application fees.

Physical therapists can also take advantage of one more benefit in their PT travel adventures: When a therapist applies for licensure in another state and accepts a travel PT position there, Med Travelers will reimburse the full amount of fees charged. Win-win!

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