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  • FSBPT to Host Webinar on NPTE Amid COVID-19

    Testing center closures are preventing administration of the National Physical Therapy Examination.

    [Editor's note: an earlier version of this story reported the webinar date as May 15; that session is intended for faculty only. The May 18 session is open to students and others.]

    For thousands of would-be PTs and PTAs, the National Physical Therapy Examination stands between them and licensure. Amid COVID-19, the hardest part isn’t passing the exam – it’s having the opportunity to take it.

    The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, which oversees the NPTE process, uses Prometric to administer the exam in testing facilities across the country. In normal circumstances, Prometric supports millions of test takers annually around the world. But the COVID-19 pandemic has closed buildings where exams are usually conducted and made it unsafe for test-takers to sit near each other – problems not unique to the NPTE.

    Aware of the challenge, FSBPT is hosting a free webinar on Monday, May 18, at 3:10 pm ET, to provide updates and answer questions. Advance registration is required.

    Last week Prometric sent a letter acknowledging the challenges and confusion: “We recognize that our communications to your test takers and other stakeholders has at times been inadequate and may have caused unnecessary confusion and frustration,” the letter said. Prometric also includes status information on a special COVID-19 webpage.


    • The PT and PTA students have already endured so much change and disruption I believe an alternative to testing should apply this year. I believe they should be granted licensure without testing once officially graduated from the accredited school and 6 months of professional work.

      Posted by Tom on 5/11/2020 5:37 PM

    • These students can't even finish clinicals currently. Now the exam is compromised, following a delayed graduation. There is a better way. Nursing programs around the country are foregoing the last round of clinicals, these students should have the option as well. As far as the exam, there needs to be either an alternative testing solution/site or proctored exam. At this rate these students won't be able to practice until 2021.

      Posted by Jonda Handley on 5/13/2020 12:57 AM

    • We have students who have Prometric scheduled test dates that have canceled 6 times. We have Prometric sties cancelling in states that have decreased restrictions.

      Posted by Lynn Jeffries on 5/13/2020 5:43 PM

    • Why is capacity being reduced to 50% prometric sites? It may seem like a nice gesture to show compliance with "social distancing" efforts, but the fact of the matter is that even at 100% capacity the centers are designed to limit contact with other test-takers. The only thing this initiative accomplishes is causing test-takers to travel greater distances thereby increasing their contact with other people as they visit gas stations, airports, hotels, restaurants, houses of friends/family, and other locations.

      Posted by Jacob Gibson -> DFT]>L on 5/14/2020 11:42 AM

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