Applying for a Physical Therapist Assistant License under the Equivalency Requirements

Qualifications

EQUIVALENT TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS-SECTION 1398.47

Application

STOP! Prior to completing the application do you meet the Equivalent Training or Experience pursuant to Section 1398.47 and do you have the following documents to submit with your application?

PTA Equivalency Application Coursework Checklist?

  • If No, do not proceed with submitting an application to the PTBC.

Two sets of official transcripts: 1) One copy of all coursework shall be submitted in a sealed envelope from a post-secondary institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education or the U.S. Department of Education, 2) Second copy must be opened and all required coursework highlighted and attached to the PTA Equivalency Application Coursework Checklist?

  • If No, do not proceed with submitting an application to the PTBC.

Have you had your supervising PT(s) complete the required Verification of Clinical Experience form documenting the required number of clinical experience if you are applying under §1398.47(a)(2)?

  • If NO, do not proceed with submitting an application to the PTBC.

Submitting an Incomplete Application May be Costly
If an application is processed and is deemed incomplete, the application will be closed. You will then be required to submit a new application, the application processing fee, and have your fingerprints resubmitted to Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME FRAME - The PTBC will acknowledge receipt of your application within 30 days. Once all deficiencies in your application are satisfied and your scores are received, a license is generally issued within 45 days. Due to the large volume of applications, please do not contact the PTBC during this period, staff is unable to check on the status of your application.

FEE SCHEDULE - Must be submitted with the application.

APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE - Must be fully completed and signed.

FINGERPRINTING INFORMATION

PTA EQUIVALENCY APPLICATION COURSEWORK CHECKLIST

VERIFICATION OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FORM (V1)

Application Instructions

WHAT MAKES AN APPLICATION COMPLETE - Please read prior to submitting your application.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS FORM (D1) & INSTRUCTIONS FOR EVALUATORS

APPLICANTS WITH CRIMINAL HISTORY

MANDATORY DISCLOSURE OF U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

WORK STATUS

pta@dca.ca.gov