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Ohio Physical Therapy Military Service Provisions

Temporary License for Military Spouse

An individual whose spouse is on active military duty in this state is eligible for a temporary military spousal license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in Ohio.

Application Information

An application for a temporary military spousal license shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Proof that the applicant is married to an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Proof that the applicant holds a valid unrestricted license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in another jurisdiction of the United States;
  • Proof that the applicant’s spouse is assigned to a duty station in Ohio and that the applicant is also assigned to a duty station in Ohio pursuant to the spouse’s official active duty military orders; and
  • The application fee of one hundred ($100) dollars.

Expiration

A temporary military spousal license shall expire six (6) months after the date of issuance and is not renewable.

Waiver of Application Fee

The fee to submit an application in accordance with rule 4755-23-04 of the Administrative Code shall be waived if the full license is issued prior to the expiration date of the temporary military spousal license.

Military Provisions Related to Licensure.

Definitions

 “Armed forces” means:

  • The armed forces of the United States, including the army, navy, air force, marine corps, and coast guard;
  • A reserve component of the armed forces;
  • The national guard, including the Ohio national guard or the national guard of any other state;
  • The commissioned corps of the United States public health service;
  • The merchant marine service during wartime; or
  • The Ohio organized militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty (30) days.

“Member” means any person who is serving in the armed forces.

“Veteran” means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, who has been discharged under honorable conditions or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.

Eligibility for Licensure

The following military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service are substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as a:

Physical Therapist

Military Programs of Training

An individual serving in a military primary specialty must be a graduate of a physical therapist program accredited by the commission on accreditation in physical therapy education (CAPTE) to serve in that specialty or attend the “United States Army Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy (School 083; Course 6-250-C18-65B).”

Military primary specialties

  • Army: physical therapist (AOC 65B)
  • Navy: physical therapy (NOBC 0873)
  • Air force: physical therapist (AFSC 42B3)

Lengths of service

There are no minimal lengths of service that would be substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as a physical therapist.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Military Programs of Training

The following program at the medical education and training campus at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is substantially equivalent to the educational requirements for licensure as a physical therapist assistant, provided that the applicant completed one of the bridge programs.

  • Army: school 083; course 303-68F10 (course 303-N9 prior to 2014).
  • Navy: school 083; course B-303-0150.
  • Air force: school 083: course L8ABJ4J032 01AA.
  • Community college of the air force in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
  • Arapahoe community college in Littleton, Colorado.
  • Lake Superior college in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • ¬∑An applicant who completed a program identified in (i) to (iii) of this rule but not one of the bridge programs identified in (iv) to (vi) may submit to the section the results of a physical therapist assistant educational equivalency review (PTA-EER) from the foreign credentialing commission on physical therapy, inc. (FCCPT). The section will inform the applicant of any educational deficiencies identified in the evaluation that must be remediated prior to being eligible for a license.

Military Primary Specialties

  • Army: physical therapy specialist (MOS 68F).
  • Navy: physical therapy technician (NEC HM-8466)
  • Air force: physical medicine (AFSC 4J032).

Lengths of Service

There are no minimal lengths of service that would be substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure as a physical therapist assistant.

License Renewal

A licensee whose license expired due to the licensee’s service in the armed forces shall be eligible for renewal of the expired license if the following conditions are met:

  • The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;
  • The license is not suffering a mental or physical illness, including physical deterioration that adversely affects cognitive, motor, or perception skills, that affect the licensee’s ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care; and
  • The licensee meets the requirements for license renewal required by section 4755.46 [sic] of the Revised Code and rules 4755-23-06 and 4755-24-04 of the Administrative Code.

Continuing Education

This applies to a licensee who has been a member of the armed forces who has served on active duty for a period in excess of thirty-one (31) days.

A licensee may submit an application to the board requesting an extension of the current continuing education reporting period.

  • The licensee shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.
  • Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the board shall extend the current continuing education reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the licensee spent on active duty during the current continuing education reporting period. Any potion of a month served shall be considered one (1) full month.

Determining Fulfillment of Continuing Education

  • The board shall consider relevant education, training, or service completed by a licensee as a member of the armed forces in determining whether a licensee has met the continuing education requirements needed to renew the license.
  • For the board to consider relevant education, training, or service completed by the licensee the licensee shall submit a request for consideration and documentation of the education, training, or service to the board at least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the license.

Waiver of the License Application Fee

The application fee shall be waived for an applicant who is a current member of the armed forces.

  • Initial licensure by examination;
  • Initial licensure by endorsement;
  • Reinstatement of an expired license.

Application Process

The board’s applications shall include a question to identify if the applicant is a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces or veteran. This status shall be stored in the licensing system.

When the board receives an application from an individual, the processing of that application shall be prioritized, with a goal of ensuring that a license is issued the same day that the application is complete.

Citation

Ohio Admin. Code 4755-23-16

Ohio Admin. Code 4755-23-17



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