You’ve been waiting for this. The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) is about to be operational in some participating states. On July 9, 2018, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee can apply for compact privileges.
How it will work
While there are currently 21 states that have embraced the PTLC, the initial states of Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee will be the only states in which compact privileges will apply. That means if you are a resident of and licensed PT or PTA in the state of Missouri, you can also practice in North Dakota and Tennessee upon receiving compact privileges. The states of Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia have only enacted PT Compact Legislation and will not yet issue compact privileges. (UPDATE: More states have an active status. Find a current map of those states here.)
If you reside in one of the three states beginning to issue privileges on July 9, you can apply to receive your compact privileges through the PT Compact website.
Why we’re excited
According to the PT Compact, these privileges will “provide several benefits compared to obtaining licenses in multiple states,” including:
- Reducing paperwork
- Reducing costs
- Streamlining requirements and processes
Most importantly, the barriers to becoming a travel therapist will be greatly reduced as more and more states enact this legislation and actively begin issuing compact privileges.
It’s a good time to be a travel PT or PTA.
If you’re interested in travel therapy opportunities, get started now by filling out a quick application. A recruiter from our therapy division will be in touch to learn more about where you want to go.