News & Current Issues

New Law Changes Entry-level Education Requirement for Licensure as a Physical Therapist

In August, 2011, the Governor signed Chapter 410 of the Laws of 2011 which established the entry level degree for a license as a physical therapist at the master’s level or higher in physical therapy or the equivalent. Applicants for licensure as a physical therapist will have to meet the new standard of a master’s degree or higher beginning August 17, 2012.

Implementation of Fixed-Date Testing on NPTE-PT

As many of you are aware, effective July 1, 2011, the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for physical therapists will be moving to fixed-date testing. In 2011, the NPTE will be administered continuously through June 30, 2011. Starting on July 1, the NPTE will be administered on September 7, October 26, and December 5. There will be five test dates in 2012. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy will be announcing the 2012 test dates shortly. Additional information on fixed-date testing is available at the Federation's website. (May 9, 2011)

FSBPT Suspends NPTE Examination for All Graduates of Certain Overseas Programs

In response to pervasive security breaches, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy has suspended NPTE testing for candidates educated in Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines until the NPTE-YRLY can be developed. For additional information, please see the FSBPT site. (July 28, 2010)

Registration Renewal Changes as of August 2010

In our continued efforts to streamline the registration process we will be fully implementing Online Registration for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants by eliminating the mailing of paper registration renewal applications. As part of this process, beginning in August 2010 you will receive a one-page letter with all necessary information to renew your registration for your license online. The online process will provide a timely and secure alternative to paper registration applications. When registering online, the registration fees can be paid using a credit card, and no additional charge will be added for this convenience. If required, licensees may request a paper renewal application. (July 22, 2010)

Last Updated: April 9, 2014