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North Carolina Physical Therapy Licensure by Endorsement
"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
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.
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:
21 NCAC 48E .0111
21 NCAC 48E .0105