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North Carolina Physical Therapy Temporary Permits

The Board may authorize the applicant to perform as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in this State, but only under the immediate supervision of a physical therapist licensed in this State, until a formal decision by the Board on the application for license. If a new graduate applicant that has been authorized to perform under supervision by a licensed physical therapist fails (without due cause as determined in the Board's discretion) to take the next succeeding examination, or if the applicant fails to pass the examination, and consequently does not become licensed, the authorization for the applicant to perform under supervision shall expire.

Applicants approved by the Board for performance as physical therapists or physical therapist assistants while their applications are pending shall be referred to as Physical Therapist Graduate or Physical Therapist Assistant Graduate.

"Graduated" or "graduation" means the completion of all requirements, including clinical experience, from an accredited program for physical therapists or physical therapist assistants. If an educational program certifies that the degree is assured and will be conferred at a later date, an applicant will be considered to have been graduated.


Immediate supervision of a licensed physical therapist.


N.C. Gen. Stat. ยง 90-270.31

21 NCAC 48A .0105

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