The purpose of this Compact is to facilitate the interstate practice of physical therapy with the goal of improving public access to physical therapy services. The practice of physical therapy occurs in the state where the patient/client is located at the time of the patient/client encounter. The Compact preserves the regulatory authority of states to protect public health and safety through the current system of state licensure. This Compact is designed to achieve the following objectives:

(1)        Increase public access to physical therapy services by providing for the mutual recognition of other member state licenses.

(2)        Enhance the states’ ability to protect the public’s health and safety.

(3)        Encourage the cooperation of member states in regulating multistate physical therapy practice.

(4)        Support spouses of relocating military members.

(5)        Enhance the exchange of licensure, investigative, and disciplinary information between member states.

(6)        Allow a remote state to hold a provider of services with a compact privilege in that state accountable to that state’s practice standards. ?(2017-28, s. 2.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 90-270.120

  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of a statute, shall be construed to mean the section next preceding or next following that in which such reference is made; unless when some other section is expressly designated in such reference. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3