Criminal Background Check Requirement

Effective February 1, 2023, all applicants applying for a license with the SC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will be subject to a state and national fingerprint criminal background check.

In addition to other requirements established by law and to determine an applicant's eligibility for initial licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, state law requires a state criminal records check by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and a national criminal records check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The fingerprint criminal background checks are required pursuant to §40-45-220 and §40-45-240 of the SC Physical Therapy Examiners Practice Act. Instructions for the fingerprint process will be sent to applicants after their applications for licensure are received by the SC Board. DO NOT have your fingerprints or CBC report processed until you have submitted an application and received instructions from the board.