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Illinois Physical Therapy Reciporcity 

Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Endorsement: Online Application

Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant - Endorsement

What must be included in the application?

An applicant who is currently licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States and who wishes to be licensed as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant by endorsement shall submit:

  • A completed and signed application, on forms provided by the Division;
  • Certification, on forms provided by the Division, of successful completion of an approved physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program;
  • Certification from the state or territory of original licensure and the state in which the applicant is currently licensed and practicing, if other than original, stating the time during which the applicant was licensed in that state, whether the file on the applicant contains record of any disciplinary actions taken or pending, and the applicant's license number;
  • If the applicant's first language is not English, certification of passage of TOEFL.  This provision does not apply to individuals who are licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction and have been actively practicing in another U.S. jurisdiction for three (3) years prior to the date of application for licensure in Illinois;
  • A report of the applicant's examination record forwarded directly from the test reporting service; and
  • The required fee set forth in Section 1340.57 ($100).

The Division shall examine each endorsement application to determine whether the requirements in the jurisdiction at the date of licensing were substantially equivalent to the requirements then in force in this State.

The Division shall either issue a license by endorsement to the applicant or notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial of the application.

When an applicant for licensure by endorsement as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant is notified in writing by the Division that the application is complete, the applicant may practice in Illinois for one year or until licensure has been granted or denied, whichever period of time is lesser.


225 ILCS 90/11

68 Ill. Admin Code ยง 1340.50

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