APTA is providing some case studies to serve as practical examples of practicing under the Compact. Review more information on the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC).
If Mary is a PT licensed in her home state of Utah and wants to take a travel therapy assignment in Arizona for 13 weeks, would Mary be required to obtain a license in the state of Arizona or would her current and unrestricted Utah license allow her to practice without submitting any additional applications?
In order for Mary to provide physical therapy in Arizona she must have authorization from the state of Arizona to do so, either through an Arizona license or a compact privilege from the PT Compact Commission. In order to obtain a compact privilege, her home state (Utah) must be a member of the Compact. Mary will need a license in her home state (Utah) and will need to have had a license free from discipline for at least 2 years.
Assuming in this example that both Utah and Arizona are members of the PTLC, Mary could apply for a compact privilege to practice in Arizona through the PT Compact Commission. If Arizona was not a PTLC member state, Mary would need to apply for a license to practice in Arizona through the state's licensure application process.