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Licensure is managed by individual state regulatory boards and is required to practice as a PT or work as a PTA in the United States.

Licensure is required in order to practice as a PT or work as a PTA in the United States.

You must pass the National Physical Therapy Exam, which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.


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About the National Physical Therapy Examination

May 01, 2020

The NPTE is administered by FSBPT. You must pass the NPTE if you are seeking to become a licensed PT or PTA in the United States.

About PT and PTA Licensure

May 01, 2020

Licensure is required in order to practice as a PT or work as a PTA in the United States. Licensure is managed by individual state regulatory boards.

State Practice Acts and Licensing Authorities

May 30, 2020 / Website

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

Aug 02, 2019 / Article

Additional Licensure Content

CMS Officially Recognizes Compacts

May 08, 2020 / News

Now available: a CMS MLN Matters resource verifying the agency’s recognition of interstate license compacts.

CMS Resolves Compact Snag, Says Privilege Satisfies Requirements

Feb 25, 2020 / News

CMS says that PTs and PTAs with physical therapy compact privileges are considered valid license-holders for purposes of meeting Medicare licensure requirements.

How I Made a Perfect Score on the PTA NPTE

Jun 27, 2019 / Perspective

It's that it is never too early to start studying. 

Expanding Opportunities In a Compact Way

Dec 01, 2018 / Column

Do you want to provide physical therapist services in more than 1 state? The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact may help you achieve your goal.

Are You Making the NPTE Harder Than It Needs to Be?

Jun 12, 2018 / Perspective

Here are ways that you can actually reduce the amount of test anxiety you have about the exam.

Name Game

Dec 01, 2017 / Column

Can a PT simply drop the title, without consequences?

Practicing in Multiple States May Get a Lot Easier

Mar 01, 2016 / Feature

PTs and PTAs who want to practice in multiple states can face piles of paperwork, long delays, and significant expenses. An interstate licensure compact system soon may offer a solution.


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