Physical Therapy Compact
Physical Therapy Compact (Act 524)
On May 23, 2018, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Senate Bill 203, the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, into law in Louisiana (Act 524). At the present time, Louisiana is working to address final pending requirements before officially being able to actively issue compact privileges. Until then, Louisiana-domiciled licensees will not be eligible to receive a Privilege to Practice in other states and Louisiana will not be able to issue privileges to practice for other member states’ licensees.
A current map and updated information regarding the PT Licensure Compact can be found on the official website (www.PTCompact.org), which has helpful resources for licensees interested in obtaining a privilege to practice through the Compact. The Board urges interested licensees to visit the Board’s website regularly in addition to the Compact’s site to access the most up-to-date information regarding the national Physical Therapy Compact.
Once Louisiana is Active...
Once Louisiana is active in the Compact, licensees who are domiciled in Louisiana will be eligible to apply through the Compact Commission for a privilege to practice physical therapy in other states participating in the Compact without having to go through the process of getting licensed in the states where they are not domiciled. Some eligibility requirements apply. For individuals who are not eligible, Louisiana-domiciled licensees can practice in other states by obtaining a license in each state where they wish to practice. For Louisiana-domiciled licensees who obtain a privilege to practice in the states where the Compact is in effect, those licensees will only need to renew their Louisiana license on the date when the Louisiana license expires. At the time of renewal, the Louisiana-domiciled licensee may choose which other states they wish to apply for a privilege to practice and all privileges to practice will expire on the date that the Louisiana license expires. Should a licensee move entirely to a new state, they will need to seek licensure in the state where they are domiciled.
Click here to view the Physical Therapy Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking document.
Louisiana is currently working through an agreement with the Compact Commission in an effort to begin issuing privileges with the exception of not sharing social security numbers.