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Physical Therapist - (PT)

Can a Physical Therapist become a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT?

To be listed as a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT/FMCSA NRCME program, a Physical Therapist (PT) must be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations to perform physical examinations.

Please see the table below for a Physical Therapist's eligibility in the state they are licensed to practice in to become a certified Medical Examiner with the DOT:

 Eligible = Eligible Not Eligible = Not Eligible Possible Eligibility = Possible Eligibility (see below)
Alabama - Possible Eligibility Montana  - Possible Eligibility
Alaska - Possible Eligibility Nebraska - Possible Eligibility
Arizona - Possible Eligibility Nevada - Possible Eligibility
Arkansas - Eligible New Hampshire - Possible Eligibility
California - Not Eligible New Jersey - Possible Eligibility
Colorado - Possible Eligibility New Mexico - Possible Eligibility
Connecticut - Possible Eligibility New York - Possible Eligibility
Delaware - Possible Eligibility North Carolina - Possible Eligibility
District of Columbia - Possible Eligibility North Dakota - Eligible
Florida - Possible Eligibility Ohio - Possible Eligibility
Georgia - Possible Eligibility Oklahoma - Possible Eligibility
Hawaii - Possible Eligibility Oregon - Possible Eligibility
Idaho - Possible Eligibility Pennsylvania - Possible Eligibility
Illinois - Possible Eligibility Puerto Rico - Not Eligible
Indiana - Possible Eligibility Rhode Island - Possible Eligibility
Iowa - Possible Eligibility South Carolina - Possible Eligibility
Kansas - Possible Eligibility South Dakota - Possible Eligibility
Kentucky - Not Eligible Tennessee - Possible Eligibility
Louisiana - Eligible Texas - Eligible
Maine - Possible Eligibility Utah - Possible Eligibility
Maryland - Possible Eligibility Vermont - Possible Eligibility
Massachusetts - Possible Eligibility Virginia - Possible Eligibility
Michigan - Possible Eligibility Washington - Possible Eligibility
Minnesota - Possible Eligibility West Virginia - Possible Eligibility
Mississippi - Not Eligible Wisconsin - Possible Eligibility
Missouri - Possible Eligibility Wyoming - Possible Eligibility

 Possible Eligibility = The FMCSA has not received verification from your state licensing board that the DOT exam is within the scope of practice for your profession. You may proceed with registration, but the FMCSA must receive verification from your state licensing board before certifying you. We recommend that you delay your certification test until the state licensing board has confirmed that the DOT exam is within your scope of practice.

If you have any questions or need further information on this process, please contact the FMCSA Help Desk at fmctechsup@dot.gov (recommended) or call (617) 494-3003.


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