Any person who has served on active duty in the medical corps of any of the armed forces of the United States and who has successfully completed the course of instruction required to qualify him for rating as a physical therapy specialist, physical and occupational therapy technician, physical therapy technician, or physical therapy specialist (semiskilled), or other equivalent rating in his particular branch of the armed forces, and whose service in the armed forces was under honorable conditions, may submit to the West Virginia board of examiners and registration of physical therapists, a photostatic copy of the certificate issued to him certifying successful completion of such course of instruction, a photostatic copy of his discharge from the armed forces, an application for a license as a licensed physical therapist and the prescribed license fee.
If the certificate and discharge, as evidenced by the photostatic copies thereof, the application and prescribed license fee are in order, and if the veteran meets all of the requirements of article twenty of this chapter, except the requirement therein specified requiring an applicant to be a graduate of a school of physical therapy approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and the board, the veteran shall be permitted, notwithstanding any provision of said article twenty to the contrary, to take the same examination or examinations as are required under section five of said article twenty for applicants who do not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty-four. If the veteran passes such examination or examinations, he shall be licensed as a licensed physical therapist, and such veteran shall thereafter be subject to all of the provisions of said article twenty. If the veteran does not pass such examination or examinations, any provisions of said article twenty relating to reexaminations shall apply to such veteran the same as they apply to a person who does not apply for a license under the provisions of this article twenty-four.
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