Proposed Rule Update
During the October 27, 2017 Board meeting the Board approved an amendment that will enable more physical therapists who have passed an examination and are actively licensed in another state to come to Missouri and work without having to retake examinations.
Currently, under section 334.540, RSMo, the Board can issue a physical therapy license to an applicant who possesses an active license in another jurisdiction, provided that, such person has not been disciplined by another board and is licensed in a jurisdiction whose requirements are substantially equal to, or greater than, the requirements for licensure of physical therapists in Missouri. While examination and academic requirements are substantially uniform across physical therapist (PT) licensing authorities in the United States, approximately fifteen (15) states do not currently require applicants to present evidence of their good moral character. The proposed amendment would incorporate good moral character into the threshold criteria for a PT license in Missouri, thereby ensuring the Board is afforded the opportunity to grant a license to otherwise qualified applicants actively licensed in those jurisdictions without asking them to pass another examination.
Furthermore, under the current rule, applicants who "received examination scores equivalent to those set forth in 20 CSR 2150-3.030" are candidates for PT licenses by reciprocity, exclusively. As 20 CSR 2150-3.030 only describes the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) examination's scaled scores, applicants who passed a state board examination prior to their state's adoption of the FSBPT examination are not eligible for a license by reciprocity. The proposed amendment would also address this issue and ensure that the Board is able to license as many qualified as possible without imposing an additional burden on Missouri citizens and professionals intending to relocate to Missouri.
The rule must be approved by the Governor's office and upon approval will be filed by the Board in accordance with chapter 536, RSMo.
Physical Therapy Compact Commission
For Physical Therapy Compact Commission Meeting Dates, "Click Here".
For Physical Therapy Compact Commission Draft Rules Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comment,
The following fees have been updated to the amounts below:
Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant
- Licensure by Examination Fee $25
- Licensure by Reciprocity Fee $25
- Temporary License Fee $10
- Renewal Fee $50
- Reinstatement of an Inactive License Fee $25
- Continuing Education Extension Fee $25
- Duplicate License Fee $ 0
- Endorsement of Board Scores $25
- Late Renewal Fee (Delinquent Fee) $25
- Return Check Fee $25
- Verification of Licensure Fee $ 0
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Rule Change - TOEFL Examination Requirements
Emergency rules became effective on August 5, 2015 that amended the rules for applicants who have not previously demonstrated a proficiency in the English language. The previous rule stated that if an applicant was "from a country in which the predominate language is not English" the applicant was required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. The emergency rule changes this by requiring only applicants who did not attend a physical therapy program in the United States or a foreign program where the instruction was done in English to take the TOEFL examination. The emergency rule can be viewed at: