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Wisconsin PT Temporary Permits
An applicant for a regular license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, who has not previously been licensed to practice as a physical therapist or as a physical therapist assistant in this state, whichever is applicable, and who is a graduate of an approved school of physical therapy or a physical therapist assistant educational program and has applied to take the national physical therapist examination or the national physical therapist assistant examination and is awaiting results and is not required to take an oral examination, may apply to the board for a temporary license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under supervision.
The duration of a temporary license to practice physical therapy under supervision granted under this section shall be for a period of three (3) months or until the holder receives failing examination results, whichever is shorter, unless the board grants an extension of the temporary license. A temporary license may be renewed for a period of three (3) months and may be renewed a second time for a period of three (3) months for reasons of hardship. Practice under a temporary license may not exceed nine (9) months total duration
The holder of a temporary license to practice physical therapy under supervision may practice physical therapy, providing that the entire practice is under the supervision of a person validly holding a regular license as a physical therapist. The supervision shall be direct, immediate, and on premises.
The holder of a temporary license to practice as a physical therapist assistant under supervision may provide physical therapy services, providing that the entire practice is under the supervision of a person validly holding a regular license as a physical therapist. The supervision shall be direct, immediate, and on premises.
“Direct, immediate, on−premises supervision” means face−to−face contact between the supervisor and the person being supervised, as necessary, with the supervisor physically present in the same building when the service is performed by the person being supervised.
Limit on Number of Supervisees
A physical therapist may supervise no more than a combined total of four (4) physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who hold temporary licenses. This number shall be reduced by the number of physical therapist assistants and physical therapy aides being supervised by the physical therapist.
Wis. Admin. Code Trans. PT 3.0