The fee for a limited permit as a physical therapist is $70. Effective February 9, 2003, limited permits may be issued to physical therapist assistants; the fee is $50. Limited permits for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are valid for 6 months, effective February 9, 2003.
The Department may issue limited permits to an applicant for licensure which authorize the practice of physical therapy under the on-site supervision of a New York State licensed and currently registered physical therapist. On-site supervision means that the supervising physical therapist is in the same facility and readily available to the permittee. Up until February 9, 2003, a permit may also be issued to a physical therapy graduate who affirms in writing that her/his program deficiencies will be made up in no more than one year of study if the Department determines that the plan of study is reasonable.
An applicant receiving a limited permit is restricted to employment in a public hospital, an incorporated hospital or clinic, a licensed proprietary hospital, a licensed nursing home, a public health agency, a recognized public or non-public school setting, the office of a licensed physical therapist, or in the civil service of New York State or a political subdivision in New York State.
New graduates of New York State or APTA accredited physical therapist education programs registered by the New York State Education Department may be employed for 90 days immediately following graduation without holding a limited permit. To be eligible to practice within these 90 days, you must have:
- graduated from your physical therapist program and requested your school to complete and submit the Form 2 to the Office of the Professions;
- submitted the Application for Licensure (Form 1) and paid the required licensure application fee;
- submitted the Application for Limited Permit (Form 5), and paid the required limited permit fee, and
- applied to take the licensing examination and paid the fee for the examination.
While practicing during these 90 days, you must be under the supervision of a New York State licensed currently registered physical therapist. As soon as the permit is received, you must give your employer the employer's copy.