Subdivision 1. Qualified applicant.
The state Board of Physical Therapy shall license
as a physical therapist and shall furnish a license to an applicant who successfully passes an
examination provided for in sections
for licensing as a physical therapist and
who is otherwise qualified as required in sections
Subd. 2. Temporary permit.
(a) The board may, upon payment of a fee set by the board,
issue a temporary permit to practice physical therapy under supervision to a physical therapist
who is a graduate of an approved school of physical therapy and qualified for admission to
examination for licensing as a physical therapist. A temporary permit to practice physical therapy
under supervision may be issued only once and cannot be renewed. It expires 90 days after
the next examination for licensing given by the board or on the date on which the board, after
examination of the applicant, grants or denies the applicant a license to practice, whichever
occurs first. A temporary permit expires on the first day the board begins its next examination
for license after the permit is issued if the holder does not submit to examination on that date.
The holder of a temporary permit to practice physical therapy under supervision may practice
physical therapy as defined in section
if the entire practice is under the supervision of a
person holding a valid license to practice physical therapy in this state. The supervision shall be
direct, immediate, and on premises.
(b) A physical therapist from another state who is licensed or otherwise registered in good
standing as a physical therapist by that state and meets the requirements for licensing under
does not require supervision to practice physical therapy while holding a temporary
permit in this state. The temporary permit remains valid only until the meeting of the board at
which the application for licensing is considered.
Subd. 3. Foreign-trained physical therapists; temporary permits.
(a) The Board of
Physical Therapy may issue a temporary permit to a foreign-trained physical therapist who:
(1) is enrolled in a supervised physical therapy traineeship that meets the requirements
under paragraph (b);
(2) has completed a physical therapy education program equivalent to that under section
and Minnesota Rules, part 5601.0800
, subpart 2;
(3) has achieved a score of at least 550 on the test of English as a foreign language or a score
of at least 85 on the Minnesota battery test; and
(4) has paid a nonrefundable fee set by the board.
A foreign-trained physical therapist must have the temporary permit before beginning a
(b) A supervised physical therapy traineeship must:
(1) be at least six months;
(2) be at a board-approved facility;
(3) provide a broad base of clinical experience to the foreign-trained physical therapist
including a variety of physical agents, therapeutic exercises, evaluation procedures, and patient
(4) be supervised by a physical therapist who has at least three years of clinical experience
and is licensed under subdivision 1; and
(5) be approved by the board before the foreign-trained physical therapist begins the
(c) A temporary permit is effective on the first day of a traineeship and expires 90 days after
the next examination for licensing given by the board following successful completion of the
traineeship or on the date on which the board, after examination of the applicant, grants or denies
the applicant a license to practice, whichever occurs first.
(d) A foreign-trained physical therapist must successfully complete a traineeship to be
licensed as a physical therapist under subdivision 1. The traineeship may be waived for a
foreign-trained physical therapist who is licensed or otherwise registered in good standing in
another state and has successfully practiced physical therapy in that state under the supervision
of a licensed or registered physical therapist for at least six months at a facility that meets the
requirements under paragraph (b), clauses (2) and (3).
(e) A temporary permit will not be issued to a foreign-trained applicant who has been issued
a temporary permit for longer than six months in any other state.
History: 1951 c 479 s 7; 1980 c 412 s 5; 1988 c 557 s 4; 1991 c 106 s 6; 1993 c 21 s 11,12;
1999 c 245 art 9 s 53; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 51