Mar. 20, 2019

HARRISBURG – Today, the House unanimously approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), which would permit students studying physical therapy to take the required licensing exam up to 90 days prior to graduation.

Currently, Pennsylvania law prohibits physical therapy students from sitting for the exam prior to graduation.

“Thirty-two other states permit students to take the necessary licensing exams 60 to 90 days prior to graduating, which enables them to start work immediately upon graduation,” said Quinn. “By requiring they graduate first, we are putting our students at a disadvantage to those who are ready to start work on day one. My bill would correct this.”

House Bill 138 would allow testing up to 90 days prior to graduation, provided the students verify their educational status with the licensing board.

Quinn’s bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Representative Chris Quinn
168th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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