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Physical Therapy Compact and Compact Privileges

About the Physical Therapy Compact

The Physical Therapy Compact is an agreement between member states to improve access to physical therapy services for the public by increasing the mobility of eligible physical therapy providers to work in multiple states.  To join the Compact, each state legislature must pass the enabling legislation establishing a foundation of regulation and consistent oversight. Once a state is an active member, then licensees of that state can acquire a Compact Privilege to practice in any other active member state.  After acquiring the Compact Privilege, the practitioner is authorized to practice in that state, and must comply with the specific regulations in that state.

In 2016, Oregon became the first state to enact Compact legislation, and as additional states joined, the Compact began actively issuing compact privileges within member states in the summer of 2018.  As of November 2020, there are 20 active member states, and another 8 states which have passed legislation and will soon be actively participating.  For a map of member states and status of pending legislation in others, please see the interactive map published by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission.

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) is the governing body comprised of the member states established to implement the provisions of the PT Compact.  It is the PTCC itself that issues all Compact Privileges, and is considered the primary source for licensure verification. 

To review the PTCC Governing Documents, including the most recent bylaws, rules, policies and model compact legislation, from the their main page, please go to the About section of their website, and select the Governance Documents tab.  The About section is where you will also find info about upcoming meetings, newsletters and other announcements.

9/22/2021:  NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING:  The PTCC has initiated the public rulemaking process to solicit public input on the proposed amendments.  Please click here for a summary or the proposed changes, and how to make comment to the PTCC.

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