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Michigan Physical Therapy Licensure by Endorsement

Application

Physical Therapists

An applicant for a physical therapist license by endorsement shall submit the required fee and a completed application on a form provided by the department. An applicant who meets the requirements of the code and this rule and passes the examination is presumed to meet the requirements.

If an applicant was first licensed in another jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT and engaged in the practice of physical therapy for five (5) years or more immediately preceding the date of filing an application for a Michigan physical therapist license, then the applicant shall pass the national physical therapist examination.

If an applicant was first licensed in another jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT and engaged in the practice of physical therapy for less than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of filing an application for a Michigan physical therapist license, then the applicant shall comply with all of the following:

    • Graduate from either a physical therapist educational program or graduate from a physical therapist educational program determined to be substantially equivalent to an educational program.
    • Pass the national physical therapist examination.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language if the applicant's physical therapist educational program was taught in a language other than English. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language, the applicant shall meet the requirements below.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language if the applicant's physical therapist educational program was taught in a language other than English. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language, the applicant shall establish that he or she has obtained a total score of not less than 89 on the test of English as a foreign language internet-based test (toefl ibt) administered by the educational testing service and obtained the following section scores:

    • Not less than 21 on the reading section.
    • Not less than 18 on the listening section.
    •  Not less than 26 on the speaking section.
    • Not less than 24 on the writing section.

An applicant's license shall be verified, on a form provided by the department, by the licensing agency of any jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT in which the applicant holds a current license or registration or ever held a license or registration as a physical therapist. If applicable, verification shall include the record of any disciplinary action taken or pending against the applicant.

Physical Therapy Assistants

An applicant for a physical therapist assistant license by endorsement shall submit the required fee and a completed application on a form provided by the department. An applicant who satisfies the requirements of the code and this rule and passes the examination is presumed to meet the requirements of section 16186 of the code.

If an applicant was first licensed in another jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT and engaged in practice as a physical therapist assistant for five (5) years or more immediately preceding the date of filing an application for a Michigan physical therapist assistant license, then the applicant shall pass the national physical therapist assistant examination.

If an applicant was first licensed in another jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT and engaged in practice as a physical therapist assistant for less than five (5) years immediately preceding the date of filing an application for a Michigan physical therapist assistant license, then the applicant shall comply with all of the following:

    • Graduate from a physical therapist assistant educational program that meet the standards or graduate from a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant educational program determined to be substantially equivalent to an approved educational program.
    •  Pass the national physical therapist assistant examination.
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language if the applicant's physical therapist or physical therapist assistant educational program was taught in a language other than English. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language, see above.

An applicant's license shall be verified, on a form provided by the department, by the licensing agency of any jurisdiction recognized by the FSBPT in which the applicant holds a current license or registration or ever held a license or registration as a physical therapist assistant. If applicable, verification shall include the record of any disciplinary action taken or pending against the applicant.

Citation

Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.7135

Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.7136


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