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Washington Physical Therapy Interim Permits

Interim Permit

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.

Applicants

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:

  • Payment of the application fee;
  • Evidence of having obtained a physical therapy degree from a board approved school;
  • Completed a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license application on which the applicant:
    • Requests to receive an interim permit;
    • Provides the name, location and telephone number of his or her place of employment;
    • Provides the name and license number of his or her licensed supervising physical therapist; and
    • Provides written confirmation from the licensed supervising physical therapist attesting that he or she will:
      • Ensure that a licensed physical therapist will remain on the premises at all times to provide "graduate supervision";
      • Report to the board any change in supervision or any change in location where services are provided;
      • Ensure that the holder of the interim permit wears identification showing his or her clinical title and/or role in the facility as a graduate physical therapist; and
      • Ensure that the holder of the interim permit ceases practice immediately upon notification of examination failure; or
      • Ensure that the holder of the interim permit obtains his or her physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license immediately upon notification of having passed the examination.

Minimum Qualifications

An applicant for a license as a physical therapist shall have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be of good moral character; and
  • Have obtained either:
    •  A baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from an institution of higher learning approved by the board or
    •  A baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning and a certificate or advanced degree from a school of physical therapy approved by the board.

An applicant for a license as a physical therapist assistant must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be of good moral character; and
  • Have successfully completed a board-approved physical therapist assistant program.

The applicant shall present proof of qualification to the board in the manner and on the forms prescribed by the board.

Exam Failure

If the holder of the interim permit fails the examination, the permit expires upon notification and is not renewable.

Graduate Supervision

"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.

Citation

RCW 18.74.075

RCW 18.74.012

RCW 18.74.030


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