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North Carolina Physical Therapy Licensure by Endorsement

Forms

PT Endorsement Instructions for American Educated

PT & PTA Endorsement Instructions for Foreign Educated

PTA Endorsement Instructions

PT Endorsement Application - American Educated

PT Endorsement Application - Foreign Educated

PTA Endorsement Application

PTA Endorsement Application - Foreign Educated

Definitions

"Endorsement" means granting a license in this State based upon the applicant possessing an active license in another State.

Endorsement. Each application for endorsement shall be considered on an individual basis.

Examination Required. Only those persons initially licensed in another state by virtue of examination shall be considered for endorsement.

For Physical Therapists

    • Therapists licensed on the basis of a PT exam shall present total scores that meet the North Carolina passing level. If adequate scores and information are not available from the other state, the Board may ask the applicant to have the scores issued through the appropriate testing service. If the total score on the examination is unsatisfactory, the exam shall be repeated. The cost of the examination shall be paid by the applicant.
    • If licensed in another state by an examination compiled by that Board, the applicant shall supply information for the Board to attempt to obtain the examination in order to determine if it was substantially equal to the examination required by North Carolina at that time. If it cannot be determined that the examination was equal to the North Carolina examination or if the scores received on an acceptable examination did not meet the North Carolina passing requirement, the applicant shall take the PT exam. The cost of the examination shall be paid by the applicant.
    • A physical therapist currently licensed in another state whose license in that state was granted on the basis of the American Registry of Physical Therapists Examination shall be considered for endorsement.

For Physical Therapist Assistants

Only those physical therapist assistants licensed in another state by a PTA exam shall be considered for endorsement. The examination score shall meet the North Carolina passing level. If not, the applicant shall be required to take the PTA exam and pay the cost of the examination.

Active License

Evidence shall be presented by the licensing Board in the other state that the applicant's license in that state was in effect on the date the application for North Carolina licensure was filed with the executive director or that it has been activated since that date, if it was not in effect on the date the application was submitted.

This shall be done in accordance with Rule .0105 of Subchapter E of this Chapter.

An applicant for licensure by endorsement must submit verification of an active license in another state. The verification must bear the official signature and seal of the Board of that state, or be authenticated by the reporting Board as an official electronic document regularly used by the reporting Board to verify licensure.

Foreign-Trained Physical Therapist Licensure by Endorsement

This Rule applies to a physical therapist who has graduated from a program located outside the United States that has not been accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), or its successor, and does not hold an active license in another State or Territory of the United States.

All application forms and supporting documents shall be in English or accompanied by an English translation.

For the applicant's educational background to be determined substantially equivalent to that obtained by an applicant for licensure under G.S. 90-270.29(2), the applicant shall meet the standards of the Federation’s most recent Coursework Tool (CWT) for Physical Therapists at (http://www.fsbpt.org/Portals/0/documents/freeresources/CWT5_Rev20141101.pdf ) and for Physical Therapy Assistants at http://www.fsbpt.org/Portals/0/documents/free-resources/PTATool2007.pdf. This instrument is incorporated by reference and includes subsequent editions.

Individuals wishing to purchase a copy may call the Federation at 703- 299-3100 or download a copy from the Federation’s website noted in this Paragraph. The cost of this document in February 2015 is zero dollars ($0.00). A copy of this instrument is on file at the Division located at 18 West Colony Place, Suite 140, Durham, NC 27705 and is available for public inspection during regular business hours.

The applicant shall make arrangements to have the credentials evaluated by FCCPT (Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, Inc.), or a service with a physical therapist consultant on its staff that is determined by the Board to be equivalent. The Board may make its own review of an applicant's educational program and is not bound by the findings of the credentialing service.

The applicant shall provide the following information to the Board:

    • For examinations administered prior to August 1, 1998, proof that a score of 210 on the TSE (Test of Spoken English) or the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) examination was obtained (www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/):
    • For examinations administered on or after August 1, 1998, and prior to January 1, 2007, the following proof shall be provided:
      • minimum score of 50 on the TSE examination or the SPEAK examination;
      • minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5; and
      • minimum score of 560 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • For examinations administered on or after January 1, 2007, proof shall be provided that the applicant obtained the following minimum standard scale scores in each of the four scoring domains (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking), and the total score of the iBT/Next Generation TOEFL:
      • Writing: 24;
      • Speaking: 26;
      • Reading Comprehension: 21;
      • Listening Comprehension: 18; and
      • Total Score: 89.
    •  Proof that coursework was taught in the English language; or
    • Documentation for exemption as per USCIS CFR ยง 212.15 (http://www.uscis.gov/). This instrument is incorporated by reference and includes subsequent editions. Individuals wishing to purchase a copy may call the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD) toll free. The cost of this document in February 2015 is zero dollars ($0.00). A copy of this instrument is on file at the Division located at 18 West Colony Place, Suite, 140, Durham NC 27705 and is available for public inspection during regular business hours.

Citation

21 NCAC 48E .0111

21 NCAC 48E .0105



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