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Proposed Rule Update

Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jacque Bardgett
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20 CSR 2150-3.040 - Licensing by Reciprocity-Physical Therapists (Click Here)PDF Document

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.

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