How amazing would it be to work in a new state without having to wait the typical 2-8 weeks for your license application to be processed and approved? In March of 2016 the Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) started to make this possible. As states join the PT Compact, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants can obtain compact privileges that allows them to practice in any other member state almost instantly!
What are Compact Privileges?
In a nutshell, compact privileges give authorization to legally work in a PT Compact state, other than your home state, without having to apply for a completely separate state license. It gives you the freedom to take assignments across the country, without needing individual state licenses.
How can I obtain PT Compact privileges?
The process to obtain compact privileges is not lengthy and many licensed PTs or PTAs are eligible. In order to apply for a compact privileges, you must:
- Hold an active/ valid license in your home state, which has to be a compact member state actively issuing privileges.
- Your license cannot have any encumbrances against it.
- No disciplinary actions against any license you hold within the last two years.
- Seek compact privileges from a PT Compact member state that is actively issuing privileges.
- This has to be done for every member state if you’re looking to acquire privileges in multiple states. These privileges do not equate to a multi-state license.
- Pass any required jurisprudence exams and pay the mandatory fees. This chart will break everything down for you by state.
Once all of these requirements have been met, you may be granted your privileges almost instantly.
What are the member states?
As of 2/7/2019 there are only 9 member states that are actively issuing privileges, thus making them the only ones you can apply to. These states are:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
In addition to the states listed above, there are 12 states that are in the process of member ship and 3 states where the legislation has been introduced. Although there are 36 non-member states, it does not mean they won’t join the PTCC in the near future.
For the most recent state information, visit the PT Compact website for all updates.
Here is a map of the states that are members, in process of membership and where the legislation has been introduced.
How does this help me?
These privileges take the need to apply and wait for separate state licensure out of the equation. Getting PT Compact privileges is:
- Convenient – automatic verification can be done from the comforts of your home (& it saves trees! 😊)
- Faster – purchasing process is completed in a matter of minutes
- Reasonably priced – compact privileges usually cost less than getting initial state license
- Easier – there are no additional education requirement needed