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Georgia Physical Therapy Temporary Permits
"Trainee" means an individual who is approved for a traineeship.
"Traineeship" means a period of activity during which a trainee works under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist who has practiced for not less than one year prior to assuming the supervisory role.
"Training permit" means a valid and current certificate of registration issued by the board, which gives the person to whom it is issued authority to engage in practice through a traineeship prescribed thereon.
A training permit may be issued to a qualified applicant following Board-approval of a properly submitted application.
Initial Applications and Reinstatement Applications
A notarized training permit application form must be submitted by the trainee's supervisor specifying:
A training permit may be renewed one time, for no more than six (6) months, upon written request and with approval of the Board, and only for one good and exceptional reason as determined by the Board. Failure to pass the licensing examination is not considered a good and exceptional reason. For purposes of this rule, good and exceptional reasons include but are not limited to:
Validity of Permit
Training permits are subject to the following conditions:
The supervisor named on the training permit application holds full responsibility under their license for direct, continuous, on-site supervision of the trainee at all times. The supervisor must assure that the trainee does not perform any patient care activities in his/her absence.
If for some reason the primary supervisor cannot fulfill their duties as supervisor, a new application requesting an alternate supervisor must be approved by the Board. The trainee may not participate in direct patient care until an alternate supervisor is approved by the Board. The alternate supervisor will assure compliance with all terms and obligations outlined in this rule.
The supervisor or approved alternate supervisor must hold a Georgia license in good standing and have practiced full time for not less than one continuous year.
The supervisor must regularly evaluate trainee performance in all areas as specified by the Board. At the end of the traineeship period, the supervisor must submit a performance evaluation on the board approved traineeship performance evaluation reporting form
The supervisor must notify the Board of unsatisfactory performance at which time the training permit becomes null and void.
The supervising therapist will supervise no more than two (2) trainees at one time.
O.C.G.A § 43-33-3