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Indiana Physical Therapy Temporary Permits

Temporary Permit Application

The committee may issue not more than two (2) temporary permits to a physical therapist or physical therapist's assistant. A person with a temporary permit may practice physical therapy only under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist who is responsible for the patient. A temporary permit may be issued to any person who has paid a fee set by the board after consideration of any recommendation of the committee and who:

    • Has a valid license from another state to practice physical therapy, or has a valid certificate from another state to act as a physical therapist's assistant; or
    • Has applied for and been approved by the committee to take the examination for licensure or certification, has not previously failed the licensure or certification examination in Indiana or any other state, and has:
      • graduated from a school or program of physical therapy; or
      • graduated from a two (2) year college level education program for physical therapist's assistants that meets the standards set by the committee.
    • The applicant must take the examination within the time limits set by the committee.

A temporary permit expires when the applicant becomes licensed or certified, or approved for endorsement licensing or certification by the committee, or when the application for licensure has been disapproved, whichever occurs first. An application for licensure or certification is disapproved and any temporary permit based upon the application expires when the applicant fails to take the examination within the time limits set by the committee or when the committee receives notification of the applicant's failure to pass any required examination in Indiana or any other state.

A temporary permit shall expire on the earliest date that any one of the following events occurs:

    • The applicant is licensed or certified.
    • The application for licensure or certification is disapproved.
    • Ninety (90) days has passed since the issuance of the temporary permit.

Graduates and Supervision

"Direct supervision" means that the supervising physical therapist or physician at all times shall be available and under all circumstances shall be absolutely responsible for the direction and the actions of the person supervised when services are performed by the holder of a temporary permit. For the holder of a temporary permit, unless the supervising physical therapist or physician is on the premises to provide constant supervision, the holder of a temporary permit shall meet with the physical therapist or physician at least once each working day to review all patients' treatments. This meeting must include the actual presence of the physical therapist or physician and the holder of a temporary permit.

The patient's care shall always be the responsibility of the supervising physical therapist or physician. Reports written by the holder of a temporary permit for inclusion in the patients' record shall be countersigned by the physical therapist or physician who may enter any remarks, revisions, or additions as the physical therapist or physician deems appropriate.

Citation

IC 25-27-1-8

844 IAC 6-1-2

844 IAC 6-3-5



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