United States Physical Therapy Practice Acts

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Temporary License Requirements/Availability[edit | edit source]

No language in the Idaho physical therapy practice act states an applicant has the option to acquire a temporary license.

Requirements for License[edit | edit source]

Qualifications for Licensure: 

1. Be of good moral character

2. Submit completed written application to the board demonstrating proof of graduating from a nationally accredited school with a curriculum approved by the board.

3. Pass an examination authorized by the board or apply for licensure by endorsement, following the specific applicable section of the Idaho Code.

  • In the event one fails the licensure examination, they may retake it one more time within 6 months without being required to reapply. Additional course or clinical work may be required by the board for any who fail the exam more than twice. A new application for licensure must be submitted to the board if the exam has been failed two or more times.

Qualifications for Licensure by Endorsement:

1. Meets all qualifications set by the respective section of the Idaho Code

2. PT is licensed or registered to practice in another state

3. PT is in good standing with the laws of their state

4. Presents proof of passing an examination substantially similar to that approved by the board

If an individual meets these requirements they will be approved for licensure without examination once they have paid the licensure fee to the board.

Qualifications for Licensure of Foreign Educated Therapist:

In addition to the above qualifications for licensure, the following criteria must be met.

1. The PT's education credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency approved by the board 

2. There must be significant evidence the PT's education is substantially similar to that of board approved accredited programs

3. Provide written proof the school they attended is approved by the country's ministry of education and prepares students to become a PT

4. Provide written proof of authorization to practice in their country if they have had any experience practicing there as a PT

5. Provide proof or legal authorization to reside and seek employment in the US or its territories

6. Provide proof of passing a standardized English exam approved by the board if English is not their native language

7. Pass competency exams authorized by the board

Sections 3 and 4 above will be waived if the foreign educated PT has graduated from a PT program accredited by a board approved agency.

Exemption from Licensure:

An individual who meets any of the following criteria will be exempt from licensure:

1. A PT practicing in the US armed services

2. A person studying for a PT degree in an accredited or board approved professional education program and fulfilling clinical education requirements

3. A PT licensed in another US jurisdiction, a foreign educated PT credentialed in another country performing PT as part of a teaching or educational seminar of no more than 60 days in a calendar year.

Supervision[edit | edit source]

A licensed PT must supervise and be responsible for any patient care given by a PTA or other support personnel in accordance with administrative rules put in place by the board which define the Functions, responsibilities, and supervisory relationships of PTAs and other support personnel.

Physical Therapy Students[edit | edit source]

No specific requirements were noted in regards to student supervision, however, under supervision of support personnel it states the PT is responsible for all delegated aspects of patient care to other personnel.

Continued Competence[edit | edit source]

A license will be issued for at least one year and on July 1 each year the PT shall apply for license renewal.

Sufficient proof of completing 16 hours of continuing education which is approved by the board must be submitted each year.

Does the Act appear restrictive? Why/Why not?[edit | edit source]

This act does set forth rules, policies and procedures the PT must follow to obtain and keep their license but overall it appears the laws imposed by this board are similar to those created by the physical therapy boards of other states.

Is there anything unusual about this act?[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


  1. Idaho Legislature [Internet]. Accessed 2012 Apr 23. Available from:

Disclaimer:   Informational Content is assimilated from the state practice act is a resource only and should not be considered a  substitute for the content within the state practice act.  All state practice acts can change and it is recommended that you refer to the original resource in the link above.