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Military Expedited Application Processes/FAQs

For the purposes of this document, Military is defined as either a:

  • Military-Trained Applicant,
  • Active Military member,
  • Active Military-member Spouse,
  • Veteran, or
  • Veteran- Spouse

Q. Does North Carolina offer an application fee waiver for all Military applicants?
A. Yes. A qualifying Military licensure applicant is exempt from the initial application fee. A qualifying Military applicant who obtains a PT/PTA license is not exempt from the annual license renewal fee.

Q. How do I apply for the military-trained/military-spouse fee waiver?
A. All PT/PTA applicants must apply on-line through the Board’s website at www.ncptboard.org . The on-line application includes questions concerning Military status. If an applicant submits qualifying documentation of Military status, the Board staff will review and determine eligibility for the fee waiver.  If upon review  the applicant is not eligible for a fee waiver, Board staff will contact the applicant, who must provide a fee before the application can be processed.

Q. What documentation does the Board require to establish Military-Trained or Military-Spouse fee waiver eligibility?
A. Military-Trained applicants must provide: (1) documentation such as a U.S. Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214) or similar that establishes the applicant’s military occupational specialty certification and experience; and (2)  documentation proving that the applicant has practiced as a military trained PTA for at least two (2) of the five (5) years preceding the application.
Military-Spouse applicants must provide: (1) proof of your spouse’s status as an active-duty member of the United States armed forces; (2) a copy of your military spouse ID; (3) documentation verifying PT/PTA licensure in another state; and (4) documentation proving that the applicant has practiced as a PT/PTA for at least two (2) of the five (5) years preceding the application.
The Board will contact the applicant if submitted documentation does not establish eligibility.

Q. Who qualifies as a Military-Trained applicant?
A. A qualifying Military-Trained applicant:

  • has been awarded a PTA military occupational specialty;
  • has practiced as a military trained PTA for at least two (2) of the five (5) years preceding the date of application;
  • has committed no act in any jurisdiction that would have been grounds for a refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice physical therapy in North Carolina and has no pending complaints;
  • has a substantially equivalent PTA education as compared to a US educated PTA; and
  • is an active military member or veteran.

Q. Who qualifies as a Military-Spouse applicant?
A. A qualifying military-spouse applicant:

  • is the spouse of an active-duty member of the United States armed forces; or a veteran, veteran-spouse of a previous active-duty member of the United States armed forces;
  • holds an active PT/PTA license in another jurisdiction;
  • has practiced as a PT/PTA for at least two (2) of the five (5) years preceding the date of application; and
  • the PT/PTA license is in good standing, has not been previously disciplined, and not subject to any pending complaints.

Q. I am a Military-Spouse PT/PTA licensure applicant. Do I qualify for a permit?
A. A qualifying Military-Spouse PT/PTA licensure applicant may obtain a temporary permit that shall expire the sooner of (a) the applicant successfully obtaining a NC PT/PTA license by endorsement of an active PT/PTA license in another jurisdiction; or (b) one year from the date the permit is issued.  In addition to the documentation required above for the fee waiver, the applicant shall show proof that the FBI SBI fingerprint criminal background check process has been initiated.  Once NCBPTE approves, the permit will be issued.

Q. What are the specific requirements for PT/PTA licensure by the NC Board of PT Examiners? 
A. The NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has an expedited process to licensure for military applicants. Details can be found in the hyperlinks listed below:

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