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Washington Physical Therapy Interim Permits
The department, upon approval by the board, shall issue an interim permit authorizing an applicant for licensure who meets the minimum qualifications to practice physical therapy under graduate supervision pending notification of the results of the first licensure examination for which the applicant is eligible, but not to exceed six (6) months.
An applicant who has not previously taken the physical therapy examination or an applicant who has not previously held an interim or temporary permit in Washington or another state, may be eligible for an interim permit upon submission of the following:
An applicant for a license as a physical therapist shall have the following minimum qualifications:
An applicant for a license as a physical therapist assistant must have the following minimum qualifications:
The applicant shall present proof of qualification to the board in the manner and on the forms prescribed by the board.
If the holder of the interim permit fails the examination, the permit expires upon notification and is not renewable.
"Graduate supervision" means supervision of a holder of an interim permit by a licensed physical therapist who is on the premises at all times. Graduate supervision shall include consultation regarding evaluation, treatment plan, treatment program, and progress of each assigned patient at appropriate intervals and be documented by cosignature of notes by the licensed physical therapist.
Not applicable for holders of interim permits: A consultation and periodic review by an authorized health care practitioner is not required for treatment of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal conditions.