Hey travel PTs! If you’re looking for a new place to practice and hold a current PT compact license, you have another option starting today. Indiana has officially been added to the list of PT compact states. This now means that the list of PT compact states is up to 29.
What is the PT Compact?
In a nutshell, the PT compact agreement means that if you have a license in a PT compact state, other states in the agreement will grant you a license to practice in that state. You may need to pass a jurisprudence requirement or exam though. If that step is needed, make sure you don’t skip it—you may face disciplinary action if you do. All physical therapists and PT assistants with an Indiana license are now eligible to work in any other PT compact state.
To qualify for a PT compact license, you need to be a permanent resident of a state that currently participates. Basically, your driver’s license and permanent home address need to be from a PT compact state. If you’re an active duty military member or a military spouse, there may be some flexibility in the driver’s license requirement.
What Are the PT Compact States?
Currently, these are the states that participate in the PT compact:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Other states have legislation pending, but they’re not yet issuing or accepting compact privileges. These include Alabama, Kansas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Other states have introduced legislation, but no laws have been passed. These states are Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. Alaska, California, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Wyoming all have no current plans to join the PT compact.
It’s important to verify your compact license before you take a traveling PT job. While the process is meant to be streamlined, it’s not automatic. You will still need to follow the steps of the state you want to travel to in order to practice in another state. Your Triage recruiter can help you through the process. If you’re interested in looking for travel PT jobs, check out our job board and connect with a Triage recruiter today.