Physical Therapy

Licenses & Certifications

Use our interactive Physical Therapy License & Certification map to find timeframes and direct links to license requirements for each state.

StateSpecialtyTimeframeNotesApplication
AlaskaPT4-6 weeks Alaska PT
AlabamaPT3-5 weeks Alabama PT
ArkansasPT1 week Arkansas PT
ArizonaPTBased on board meeting Arizona PT
CaliforniaPT5-7 weeks with LiveScan; 8-10 weeks with fingerprint cardsLiveScan or fingerprint cards required California PT
ColoradoPT4-6 weeks Colorado PT
ConnecticutPT2-3 weeks Connecticut PT
District of ColumbiaPTBoard review - 3rd Tuesday of each monthLiveScan or fingerprint cards required District of Columbia PT
DelawarePT4-8 weeks Delaware PT
FloridaPT2-3 weeks Florida PT
GeorgiaPT5-7 weeks Georgia PT
HawaiiPT4-5 weeks Hawaii PT
IowaPT2-4 weeks Iowa PT
IdahoPT3-4 weeks Idaho PT
IllinoisPT6-8 weeks Illinois PT
IndianaPT2-4 weeks Indiana PT
KansasPT6-8 weeks Kansas PT
KentuckyPT1-2 weeksHIV/AIDS education course required through state Kentucky PT
LouisianaPT1-2 weeks after board meetingProof of 30 CEUs within past 2 years; interview with board required for licensing Louisiana PT
MassachusettsPT5-6 weeksLicense processed through PCS in Tennessee Massachusetts PT
MarylandPT1-2 weeks Maryland PT
MainePT2-3 weeksOnline application Maine PT
MichiganPT6-8 weeks Michigan PT
MinnesotaPT5 days (temp permit)Online application; full license issued with board meeting Minnesota PT
MissouriPT6 weeks Missouri PT
MississippiPT1-2 weeksOnline application; fingerprint cards required Mississippi PT
MontanaPT2 weeks after board meetingOnline application Montana PT
North CarolinaPT2-3 weeks after board review North Carolina PT
North DakotaPT1-2 weeksOnline application North Dakota PT
NebraskaPT1-2 weeks Nebraska PT
New HampshirePTBoard review - 3rd Wednesday of each monthMust obtain criminal history reports from any state lived/worked in (done through state police); request application from board New Hampshire PT
New JerseyPT4-8 weeksLiveScan or fingerprint cards required New Jersey PT
New MexicoPT1-3 weeks New Mexico PT
NevadaPT3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 6-8 weeks with fingerprint cardsLiveScan or fingerprint cards required Nevada PT
New YorkPT4-8 weeks New York PT
OhioPT3-4 weeks with LiveScan; 3-4 months with fingerprint cardsOnline application Ohio PT
OklahomaPTBoard review (3 meetings per year) Oklahoma PT
OregonPTTemp permit issued 2-3 days with one license verification1 hour pain management course required Oregon PT
PennsylvaniaPT2-3 weeksOnline application Pennsylvania PT
Rhode IslandPT4-6 weeks Rhode Island PT
South CarolinaPT4 weeksOnline application South Carolina PT
South DakotaPTVariesOnline application South Dakota PT
TennesseePT3-6 weeksLiveScan or fingerprint cards required Tennessee PT
TexasPT1-2 weeksOnline application Texas PT
UtahPT2-4 weeks Utah PT
VirginiaPT1-2 weeksOnline application Virginia PT
VermontPT1-2 weeks Vermont PT
WashingtonPTTemp permit within 3-4 weeksAIDS education and training required Washington PT
WisconsinPT1-2 weeks Wisconsin PT
West VirginiaPT2-3 weeks West Virginia PT
WyomingPT3-4 weeksFingerprint cards required Wyoming PT