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Arizona Physical Therapy Retired Status

The board will place a licensee or certificate holder on retired status and waive the renewal fee and continuing competence requirements if a licensee or certificate holder presents a written affidavit to the board that the licensee or certificate holder has retired from the practice of physical therapy or from work as a physical therapist assistant, is in good standing with the board and has paid all required fees.

What can I perform while on “retired status”?

The retired licensee or certificate holder may not engage in the practice of physical therapy or work as a physical therapist assistant.

Does “retired status” need to be renewed?

Yes.  A retired licensee or certificate holder must renew the retired license or certificate every two (2) years by verifying the person’s contact information and using the same schedule for renewal of an active license or certificate.  The board may not charge a fee for renewal of a retired license or certificate.

How can I reinstate my license to “active status”?

The board may reinstate a retired licensee or certificate holder to active practice or work on payment of the renewal fee and presentation of evidence satisfactory to the board that the retired licensee or certificate holder is professionally able to engage in the practice of physical therapy or work as a physical therapist assistant and still possesses the professional knowledge required. If the retired licensee or certificate holder has held a retired license or certificate for more than three consecutive years, the person must also demonstrate competency to the board’s satisfaction by satisfying one or more of the following as prescribed by the board:

    • Practicing or working for a specified time under an interim permit.
    • Completing remedial courses.
    • Completing continuing competence requirements for the period of the retired license or certificate.
    • Passing an examination as prescribed by the board.

Designation of PTs and PTAs on “retired status”

A physical therapist on retired status shall use “(retired)” or “(ret.)” after the letters “PT” in connection with the physical therapist’s name or place of business to denote the physical therapist’s retired status.

A physical therapist assistant on retired status shall use “(retired)” or “(ret.)” after the letters “PTA” in connection with the physical therapist assistant’s name or place of business to denote the physical therapist assistant’s retired status.

Reference

A.R.S. § 32-2031

A.R.S. § 32-2042

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