As more states begin the process of issuing the PT Compact license, many Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants are looking for more information on how the license works. The information below may give you more insight into the Physical Therapy Compact License.
What is the Physical Therapy Compact license?
The PT Compact is a license that allows Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants to work in all participating states with the same license. This prevents the hassle of having to obtain separate licenses to be more mobile in your travel career. The process of obtaining this license is quicker and cheaper than many individual state licenses.
Benefits of Obtaining a Compact License
- Allows you to work in different states without having to go through different licensure processes.
- Price for license varies from state to state, but is cheaper than majority of license registration.
- Obtaining a PT Compact license takes a shorter time than an individual state license.
- Makes you more competitive as a traveler. You will be available to more opportunities on a quicker scale.
Eligibility for PT Compact Licensure
In order to be eligible for the PT Compact, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must hold a current Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant license in your home state of residence, which has to be a PT Compact state.
- You cannot have any disciplinary actions against your license for a two year period.
- The state you desire to work in must be a member of the Compact.
- The Jurisprudence Exam must be completed in all states that require it.
Responsibilities for Holders of PT Compact
All Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants that hold a PT Compact License must:
- Pay all fees associated with obtaining the license.
- Practice within the rules, regulations, and laws of the remote state you are currently working in.
- Inform the PT Compact Commission of any name or address changes within 30 days of the change.
- Maintain your residence in a PT Compact member state and hold an active license in the same state.
If you have any questions in regards to which states are currently issuing Compact licenses or which states will be soon, visit the PT Compact website.
Brady Garza is a Social Media Recruiter for the Therapy division of Aureus Medical Group.