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Massachusetts Physical Therapy Temporary Permits

A person who meets the qualifications to be admitted to the examination for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, may between the date of filing an application for licensure and the announcement of the results of the next succeeding examination for licensure, according to which application he has filed, practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under direction of a licensed physical therapist


Persons practicing under a temporary license shall have their documentation cosigned by their directing licensee.

Physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applicants practicing under the direction of a licensee shall use the initials PT/c or PTA/c immediately after their name.

Exam Failure

If any person so practicing fails to qualify for or pass the first announced examination after filing for licensure, all privileges under this section shall automatically cease upon due notice to the applicant of such failure. Such privileges shall be renewed upon filing for a second examination for licensure and shall automatically cease upon notice to the applicant that he has failed to pass the second examination. Such privileges may again be renewed upon the applicant petitioning the board for permission to file a third application and said permission being granted by the board and shall automatically cease upon due notice that he has failed to pass the third examination. The privilege shall not exceed beyond the third examination.


Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 112 ยง 23C

259 CMR 2.01

259 CMR 5.03

259 CMR 5.04

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