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PTA Temporary Permit Requirements - New Graduates Only



Pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7V recent physical therapist assistant graduates can continue to practice under the temporary permit with appropriate supervision for the duration of the declared public health emergency.  The permit will not expire until after the emergency is declared over.


Recent graduates of APTA accredited programs, or graduates of foreign physical therapy programs who have received a favorable evaluation from the International Education Research Foundation  (IERF) may apply for a temporary permit to practice under the direct and immediate supervision of a Connecticut licensed physical therapist.  The permit is valid for 120 calendar days from date of application. Temporary permits are not renewable and may not be issued to individuals who have previously failed the examination or are licensed in another jurisdiction.  Should the applicant fail the examination, the permit becomes void.


In order to obtain a temporary permit as a physical therapist assistant, an applicant must provide the following documentation:


A completed PTA license application and fee in the amount of $190.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online;


A completed temporary permit application form (mailed in);


A transcript verifying the award of an associate's degree in physical therapy assisting and date of graduation sent directly from the institution granting the physical therapist assistant degree.

Please note that for purposes of issuance of a temporary permit this office will accept a letter from an appropriate official (Registrar, Dean or Program Director), on official university letterhead, specifying that all academic requirements for graduation have been completed and the date on which the degree will be conferred.  A final, official transcript verifying completion of the degree program is required before a license will be issued.

Foreign trained applicants are required, in addition to the requirements as outlined above, to arrange for the submission of a credentials evaluation sent directly to this office by the IERF


Filling out the application form for a temporary permit does not authorize an applicant to begin work as a physical therapist. Applicants may not work within the scope of practice of physical therapy until a permit is issued by this office.