Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Military/Military Spouse/Veteran/Veteran Spouse
PT/PTA Endorsement Applicant Instructions
To apply for licensure by endorsement, a military member, military spouse, veteran or veteran spouse must
have an active physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license in another state.
NOTE: A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant MUST have a current North
Carolina license PRIOR to practicing physical therapy in North Carolina. Military Trained applicants
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information. All Military/Military Spouse/Veteran/Veteran Spouse will have an
Using the Application Instructions, Military
Applicants who have Active Military/Military Spouse/Veteran/Veteran Spouse status will
for a PT/PTA license the same as other applicants with these differences:
- Application Fee Waiver: Military will have the application fee waived; however, will be required
submit payment for FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check costs. Military must answer yes to military
on the application and choose military status, then upload an accepted form of Military Identification
to receive waiver of the application fee.
- Proof of Military Identification: Example: Military ID, Military Orders, Military discharge forms
for waiver of application fees. The Board will request this when application is received and can be
returned via email or fax, if not uploaded when the application is completed online.
- Certification of Education: By submission of a transcript from the educational institution or
Educational Credentials Review.
Temporary Military Permit
Military applying by Endorsement may also be eligible for a Military permit. A temporary military permit
holder has the privilege of working as a PT or PTA in NC for one year or until the licensure process is
completed. To obtain a Temporary Military permit, the applicant must complete and submit the following:
- Application Form with ALL sections completed.
- Documentation of Military Status as either an Active Military member, military spouse, or veteran/veteran spouse.
- Verification of an active license in another state: Board staff verify active PT/PTA Licensure in
another state. Note: if the Board staff are not able to verify the active license online, a
permit will not be issued until verification is received by request of the applicant from the other
Temporary Permits are valid only if and when the permit holder is
licensed in another state. Therefore, the permit holder must at all times maintain an active license
in another state for the temporary permit to remain valid. The Board must be advised of any change
in status of the underlying license immediately.
- Once active licensure has been Board member verified, the Temporary Permit number is
issued and emailed
To obtain full Licensure Status, the applicant must complete the rest of application within one year.