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Notice of Proposed Rules Amendments – Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

The following notice has been issued by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission regarding the public comment period for proposed amendments to the Rules of the Commission:

Physical Therapy Compact Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The public comment period will begin September 23, 2020, and end on October 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

For more information about the Physical Therapy Compact Commission, please visit www.ptcompact.org.


PT Compact Privilege Verification - The Physical Therapy Compact Commission provides online primary source verification of Compact Privileges.

What is the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact?

On March 8, 2019, Governor Northam signed into law SB 1106, which permits the Commonwealth of Virginia to become part of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.  The provisions of the Compact will become effective in Virginia on January 1, 2020.

The purpose of the Compact is to facilitate interstate practice of physical therapy with the goal of improving public access to physical therapy services.  This is accomplished by mutual recognition of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure by Compact member states through a system of “Compact privileges.”


A “Compact Privilege” is the authorization to work in a Compact member state other than your home state. To be eligible for a Compact Privilege, you must hold an active PT or PTA license in your home state and meet other eligibility criteria, such as having no disciplinary action against your license for at least two years. When eligibility is verified and all fees are paid, you receive the Compact Privilege and may begin legally working in the other remote state.

 

Also of note, the new legislation requires applicants for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to undergo a criminal background check as a prerequisite for licensure in Virginia.  These requirements will also become effective on January 1, 2020. For more information on Criminal Background Check Requirements, please see our FAQ page.

For more information on the Compact and how the compact privilege process works, please visit the website for the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact at www.ptcompact.org.

While the provisions of the Compact will not become effective in Virginia until January 1, 2020, stay tuned to the Board’s website for updates and additional information.