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South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy

Reinstatement Procedure

By law, no person shall practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant without holding an active license in this state. Licenses not renewed or placed on inactive status are considered lapsed. The reinstatement procedure is as follows:

A PT/PTA who is not currently licensed in another state and whose S.C. license has lapsed or been inactive for:

(1) fewer than three years may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, and submitting proof of 1.5 CEUs for each year that the license has been lapsed or inactive;

(2) at least three years, but less than five years, may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, and satisfactorily completing 1,000 clinical practice hours under the on-site supervision of a S.C. licensed physical therapist;

(3) at least five years, but less than ten years, may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, satisfactorily completing 1,000 clinical practice hours under the on-site supervision of a S.C. licensed physical therapist, and successfully completing a course(s) approved by the Board;

(4) at least ten years or more may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, successfully passing an examination approved by the Board, and satisfactorily completing 1, 000 clinical practice hours under the on-site supervision of a S.C. licensed physical therapist.

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A PT/PTA who is currently licensed in another state and whose S.C. license has lapsed or been inactive for:

(1) Fewer than three years may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, submitting proof of completing 1.5 CEUs for each full year that the license has been lapsed or inactive, and submitting official verification of a current license;

(2) Three or more years may reinstate the license by making application to the Board, paying the reinstatement fee, submitting evidence satisfactory to the Board of not less than 1,000 hours of out-of-state employment within the last year and official verification of a current license.

(3) A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant whose license has been inactive or lapsed for at least ten (10) years or more may reactivate by applying to the Board, demonstrating evidence satisfactory to the Board on a form approved by the Board of no less than one thousand (1000) clinical practice hours under the on-site supervision of a physical therapist licensed in this State, successfully passing an examination administered and approved by the Board, and paying the reactivation fee.

No application is complete without the required documentation and non-refundable reinstatement fee payable to SCBPTE. Personal checks are acceptable. A $20 charge will be imposed for checks returned for insufficient funds. If there has been a change in name, a copy of the legal document (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.) is required. The document does not have to be certified.

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Provisional Licensure

A provisional license may be issued to a licensee whose physical therapist or physical therapist assistant license has been inactive or lapsed for three years or more and who has applied to reinstate the license. The provisional license is valid for one year from the date of issue, may not be renewed, and authorizes the individual to work in order to obtain the 1,000 clinical practice hours to reinstate the license. The physical therapist provisional licensee must work under the on-site supervision of a South Carolina licensed physical therapist. A physical therapist assistant provisional licensee must work under the on-site supervision of a South Carolina licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. A provisional licensee shall submit to the Board a completed supervisory agreement form for each place of employment.

Contact Board office for date license was placed on inactive status.

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