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North Carolina Physical Therapy License Reinstatement

Less than One Year

A license that has been lapsed less than one (1) year may be revived by payment of the revival of lapsed license fee and the current year's renewal fee and by completion of the revival form.

Between One and Five Years

A license that has lapsed more than one (1) year but less than five (5) years may be revived by completion of the revival form, and:

    • Completing thirty (30) units (if reviving a physical therapist license) or twenty (20) units (if reviving a physical therapist assistant license) of continuing competence as provided in the rules in this Subchapter;
    • Payment of the revival of lapsed license fee; and
    • Payment of the current year's renewal fee.

More than Five Years

A license that has lapsed more than five (5) years may be revived by completion of the application forms; and

    •  Passing the "PT exam" (if trained as a physical therapist) or the "PTA exam" (if trained as a physical therapist assistant);
    • Compiling at least 500 hours within the period of one year in the following manner: between 50 and 200 class hours of course work (ie, refresher course, continuing education, pertinent college courses) approved by the Board as designed to demonstrate proficiency in current physical therapy theory and practice, and the remaining hours working as an aide under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist; or
    • Endorsement of a current license in another state.

Internship During Reinstatement

An individual reinstating a lapsed license shall successfully demonstrate to the Board competency in the practice of physical therapy or shall serve an internship under a restricted license. A "restricted license" is one on which the Board places restrictions or conditions, or both, for up to six (6) months as to scope of practice, place of practice, supervision of practice, duration of license status, or type or condition of patient or client to whom the licensee may provide service.


21 NCAC 48G .0203

21 NCAC 48G .0204

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