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Texas Out-of-State PTs and PTAs

Can I practice in Texas if I am licensed in another state?

Post-Professional Degree Program

A physical therapist who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States if the person is engaging, for not more than 90 days in a 12-month period and under the supervision of a physical therapist licensed in this state, in a special project or clinic required for completion of a post-professional degree in physical therapy from an accredited college or university, and the person notifies the board of the person's intent to practice in this state

The individual must submit written notification stating the following:

    • The beginning and ending dates of the period of practice;
    • The name of the institution or facility in which the individual will be practicing;
    • The name of the supervising physical therapist; and
    • A list of the jurisdictions in which the individual has held or currently holds a license.

Written notification must be received by the board prior to the start date of the practice.

Educational Seminar

is teaching, demonstrating, or practicing physical therapy in an educational seminar in this state for not more than 60 days in a 12-month period, and the person notifies the board of the person's intent to practice in this state.

The individual must submit written notification stating the following:

    • The beginning and ending dates of the period of practice;
    • The name of the institution or facility in which the individual will be practicing;
    • The name of the supervising physical therapist; and
    • A list of the jurisdictions in which the individual has held or currently holds a license.

Written notification must be received by the board prior to the start date of the practice.

Federal Government

Practicing physical therapy in the United States armed services, United States Public Health Service, or Veterans Administration in compliance with federal regulations for licensure of health care providers.

Military Service or Spouse

A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction of the U.S. who is a military spouse for the period during which the military service member to whom the military spouse is married is stationed at a military installation in Texas.

The military spouse must submit written notification including the following:

    • Proof of the military spouse's residency in this state;
    • A copy of the military spouse's military identification card; and
    • A list of the jurisdictions in which the military spouse has held or currently holds a license.

The board will issue a written confirmation stating that:

    • Licensure in other jurisdictions has been verified;
    • The military spouse is authorized to practice physical therapy in the state; and
    • Authorization does not exceed three years from the date the confirmation is received.

Athletic Team or Performing Arts

by contract or employment, is practicing physical therapy in this state for not more than 60 days in a 12-month period for an athletic team or organization or a performing arts company temporarily competing or performing in this state.

Disaster or Emergency

A physical therapist or assistants licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States, if the person notifies the board of the person's intent to practice in this state, and:

    • Is practicing physical therapy for not more than 60 days during a declared local, state, or national disaster or emergency; or
    • Is displaced from the person's residence or place of employment due to a declared local, state, or national disaster and is practicing physical therapy in this state for not more than 60 days after the date the disaster is declared.

The individual must submit written notification stating the following:

    • The beginning and ending dates of the period of practice;
    • The name of the facility in which the individual will be practicing; and
    • A list of the jurisdictions in which the individual has held or currently holds a license.

Written notification must be received by the board prior to the start date of the practice.

Reference

Tex. Occ. Code § 453.004

Tex. Occ. Code § 453.214

3 Tex. Admin. Code § 329.7

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