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PT Compact Commission Draft Rules Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comment

Friday, October 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Hardegree
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Physical Therapy Compact Commission  Draft Rules Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comment

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission has posted its proposed rules for public review and comment. The proposed rules will be discussed and voted on by the Commission at its November 5, 2017 meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Along with the proposed rules, the Commission will also discuss and vote on bylaws and its 2018 budget.


These rules will provide additional clarification as to how the Commission will implement the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC), including requirements for state participation in the compact and individual licensee qualifications for compact privileges. As a governmental body, all Commission meetings are public, with agendas and minutes posted at The PTLC specifies that the Commission's Executive Board include one ex-officio, nonvoting member from the "recognized national physical therapy professional association". Angela Shuman (APTA staff) is currently representing APTA in that capacity. If you have any questions or concerns about the Commission's proposed rules or about the PTLC generally, please feel free to contact her at


Fourteen states have adopted the PTLC legislation, and the Commission is now working to implement a new system that will allow qualified PTs and PTAs in participating states to quickly and easily obtain authority to practice in other compact-participating states.

Under the Compact, a PT or PTA with a license in a compact-participating state will be able to obtain a “compact privilege” to provide physical therapy services in another compact-participating state, if they hold an unencumbered license in their home state, with no adverse action against any license or compact privilege in the previous two years. To obtain a compact privilege, licensees will visit the Commission’s website,, fill out an online form, pay the required fee to the Commission along with any fees required by the state where the individual wants to obtain a compact privilege, and attest to meeting any applicable jurisprudence requirements. Because the Commission will have licensee data from all participating states, it will be able to immediately verify whether the individual qualifies for a compact privilege.


However, for the time being nothing has changed in terms of how licensees go about practicing in multiple states. As of today, a licensee must still apply through existing state processes for obtaining a license in additional states. The Commission is working to develop systems needed to implement this new process, and it’s anticipated that it will be up and running for licensees to use sometime in the first half of 2018.


The PT Compact Commission will consider and vote on the adoption of the draft Rules at its public meeting on November 5, 2017.  For more information, click here

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