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Practicing physical therapy in more than one state just got easier

Practice physical therapy in multiple states

One of the biggest barriers to being able to work as a physical therapist in multiple states is the cost and difficulty of obtaining working privileges for each new state. Fortunately, for PTs it just got easier with the launch of the PT Compact!

What is the PT Compact?

The Physical Therapy Compact is an agreement between states to improve access to physical therapy by making it easier for physical therapists to work in multiple states. There are currently 21 member states — with five of those states issuing compact privileges — and the number is expected to grow quickly.

Not only will patients benefit, there are many advantages for PTs as well.

  • Reduced time, cost, and paperwork to practice in a new state
  • Improved access and choice for travel physical therapists

For PTs working as travel therapists, CompHealth makes it even easier — your license coordinator will assist you in the process of obtaining compact privileges and pay for them too!

How it works

Instead of needing a license to provide physical therapy services in a new state, eligible PTs and PTAs will be able to purchase a compact privilege.

Once applicable jurisprudence requirements have been met and the fees paid, you can start practicing in the new remote state almost immediately. Jurisprudence requirements and fees vary from state to state. For details, contact the CompHealth licensing team at 800.325.8064 or email jessica.buning@comphealth.com — we’ll provide you with the most up-to-date information and assist you in the process of getting your compact privileges.

How to tell if you’re eligible

In order to purchase compact privileges:

  • You must hold a current, valid PT or PTA license in your home state
  • Your home state must be a member of the PT Compact and be actively issuing compact privileges
  • The state where you are seeking a compact privilege must be a member of the PT Compact and actively issuing compact privileges
  • You cannot have any encumbrances or any disciplinary action against your license for a period of two years

Where it is available

As of July 30, 2018, the compact member states issuing privileges include:

  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee

If your home state is any one of these five, you can now purchase a compact privilege in any of the other four states.

PT Compact States as of July 30, 2018
PT Compact States as of July 30, 2018 — Click map to enlarge; Image credit: PTcompact.org

Additional states are coming soon! The following states have already enacted or introduced legislation but have not yet started issuing compact privileges.

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

For the latest list of states and their status in issuing compact privileges, view the interactive PT compact map.

This is an exciting time to be a PT, especially if you are interested in working across state lines or in other states as a travel PT. The new PT Compact makes it faster, easier, and more affordable than the traditional process of obtaining individual state licenses.

SEE ALSO: Step-by-step guide to using the compact privilege purchasing system

To learn more about the PT Compact, contact the CompHealth licensing team at 800.325.8064 or email jessica.buning@comphealth.com. Additional information can be found at http://ptcompact.org.

About the author

Gerry Carpenter

Gerry Carpenter

Gerry Carpenter is the managing editor for CHG Healthcare. He is a 20-year marketing veteran who loves to write, edit, and play with words. He enjoys visiting new places, speaks fluent French, and is slowly learning Portuguese and Japanese.

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