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StateCompactWalk-throughTime Frame
AlabamaYES2 Weeks
Alaska2 Weeks
Arizona+YESYESLicense issued 48-72 hours after the walk-through
ArkansasYES10 days for new
California+
ColoradoYES4 weeks for new
Connecticut2 weeks
DelawareYES2 weeks for new
District of ColumbiaYES
Florida+YES4-6 weeks (1-2 if fingerprinting are done in-state)
GeorgiaYES4-6 weeks
HawaiiYESClosed on Fridays
IdahoYESYES
Illinois4-6 weeks
IndianaYES2-3 weeks
IowaYES2-6 weeks for new
KansasYES2 weeks
Kentucky*YES2 weeks for new
LouisianaYESYESWalk-through is for a temporary license; 4-6 weeks otherwise
Maine*YES2 weeks for new
Maryland*YESYESTemporary license issued after 1-2 weeks; Permanent issued after 4-6 months
Massachusetts4-6 weeks
Michigan6-8 weeks
Minnesota4-6 weeks
MississippiYESYES
MissouriYESYES
MontanaYES1 week
NebraskaYESYES
Nevada6-9 weeks
New Hampshire*YES2-8 weeks for new
New JerseyYES4-6 weeks
New Mexico*YES2 weeks for new
New York6-8 weeks
North Carolina*YES2 weeks for new
North DakotaYES1 week for new
Ohio*4-6 weeks
OklahomaYES3-4 weeks
Oregon3 weeks
Pennsylvania2-3 weeks
Rhode IslandYES4+ weeks for new
South CarolinaYESYES
South DakotaYESYES
TennesseeYES4-6 weeks for new
Texas*YES2 weeks for new
UtahYES3 weeks for new
VermontYES
VirginiaYES4 weeks for new
Washington*4-5 weeks
West VirginiaYES1-2 weeks
WisconsinYES2 weeks for new
WyomingYES2-3 weeks

Physical Therapy Board

Alabama

Alabama: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy

100 N. Union Street Suite 627
Montgomery, AL 36130- 5040

Phone: 334.242.4064
Fax: 334.240.3288
E-mail: kbrown@pt.state.al.us
Website: http://www.pt.state.al.us

Yes

  • Passing score of 600
  • Character references
  • School transcripts and verification of
    license

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from ICA
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exam Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWE
Must meet education requirement by board + send transcripts

Alaska

Alaska: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Alaska State PT & OT Board Div of Occup. Licensing

333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th FLOOR
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811

Phone: 907.465.2580
Fax: 907.465.2974
Email: Steve Snyder
Website: www.dced.state.ak.us/

Yes

  • Passing score in PT Exam
  • verification of license in all other states
  • Professional reference from supervisor/teacher etc.
  • 60 hours of PT practice/ employment in recent 24 months
  • Supervised practice of 6 months minimum or internship program if a foreign graduate

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from FCCPT. if using a different credentialing company, the board will evaluate on a case by case basis
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL and Test of Written English and
    Test of Spoken English administered
    by the ETS (Educational Testing Services)
Official transcripts required from the school of physical therapy sent
directly to the board Must do 6
month internship in Alaska.
Arizona
Arizona: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements
Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy

1400 West Washington Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 81007

Phone: 602.542.3095
Fax: 602.542.3093
E-mail: Heidi Herbstpaakkonen
Website: http://www.ptboard.state.az.us

Yes

  • With passing score on
    NPTE and good standing
    letter from a state board of license

     

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from ICA or FCCPT

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
  • TOEFL and TSE and TWE required of all applicants except those whose native
    language is English.
Only CAPTE accredited schools are recognized but the board has the authority to waive certain educational requirements
Arkansas

Arkansas: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

9 Shackleford Plaza Suite 3
Little Rock, AR 72211

Phone: 501.228.7100
Fax: 501.228.0294
E-mail:arptb@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.arptb.org/

Yes

  • verification of other state license
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • NPTE scores

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluated by ICD or ICA or FCCPT or IERF

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exam Other
  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWE

Except if native language is English

 

3 letters of recommendation is required
from all applicants

California

California: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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PT Board of California

1418 Howe Ave Suite 16
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: 916.263.2550
Fax: 916.263.2560
E-mail: Steve_Hartzell@dca.ca.gov
Website: http://www.ptb.ca.gov

Yes

  • FSBPT Score transfer
  • Certificate of good standing from state board where licensed

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from either one of the following:

  • FCCPT
  • ICA
  • IERF
  • IEC
  • ICD
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • California Law Exam (CLE)

All foreign graduates must complete 9 months of board-approved clinical service This may be waived if practiced 9+ months in another US state

Colorado

Colorado: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Colorado Division of Registrations

1560 Broadway Suite 1340
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303.894.2440
Fax: 303.894.7764
E-mail 1: Robert Longway
E-mail 2: pt@dora.state.co.us
Website: www.dora.state.co.us

Yes

  • if an applicant has taken NPTE within last 2 years with a score of 600+ with approved credentialing report OR if the applicant has practiced PT at least 2 out of last 5 years in another US state with an approved credentialing report

Credential evaluations required

  • FCCPT
  • International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
  • International Credentialing Associates (ICA) if not CAPTE accredited school
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

No

 
Connecticut

Connecticut: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Connecticut Department of Public Health

410 Capitol Avenue, MS #12APP
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860.509.7590
Fax: 860.509.8457
E-mail: diana.lejardi@po.state.ct.us
Website: http://www.state.ct.us/dph/

Yes

Passing the NPTE Exam:

  • if taken between Feb. 1991-Feb. 1996, passing score is 1.5 standard deviation below the national mean.
  • if exam taken before Feb. 1991, passing score is 1.5 standard deviation below the
    national mean for each of the three parts 

Credential evaluations required

A credentials evaluation by

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy
511 Wythe Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314-1917

(703) 684- 8406

http://www.fccpt.org/ 
No other credential evaluation agency will be accepted

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE

A report of the NPTE examination scores required from

FSBPT Score Transfer Service, 
100% Montgomery St., Suite 120,
Alexandria, VA 22314

 

Other exams Other

It is not required that you pass an English proficiency exam. Temporary permits are available for applicants who are deemed eligible for examination and have not taken the National Physical Therapy Examination.
Foreign-trained applicants who have been granted a temporary permit may practice as a physical therapist under the continuous direction and immediate supervision of a physical therapist licensed to practice in this state, in a licensed health care facility, provided this privilege shall automatically cease on the failure of an applicant to pass the examination.

Some Canadian schools may be
recognized. Foreign schooled applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. The PT program must provide at least 120 semester hours of college-level instruction, at least 60 semester hours of professional (PT) education and at least 50 semester hours of general education. Official verification sent directly from each
state licensing authority where a license, certification or registration is, or has ever been, held.
Delaware

Delaware: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Division of Professional Regulation

861 Silver Lake Blvd. Suite 203
Cannon Building
Dover, DE 19904-2467

Phone: 302.744.4100%
Fax: 302.739.2711
E-mail: smiccio@state.de.us
Website: http://www.state.de.us/

Yes

  • Through NPTE

Credential evaluations required

  • FCCPT
  • ICD
  • IERF
  • E.C.E.
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
   
District of Columbia

District of Columbia: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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DC Board of Physical Therapy Department of Health

825 N. Capital Street, NE, Rm 2224
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202.442.4764
Fax: 202.442.9431
E-mail: maulid.miskell@dc.gov
Website: http://dchealth.dc.gov/

Yes

  • verification of license sent directly from another US state AND NPTE score transferred directly from FSBPT

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluated by FCCPT

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Not required

 

 

Florida

Florida: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Department of Health, MQA, 
Board of Physical Therapy Practice

4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin #C05
Tallahassee, FL 32399- 3255

Phone: 850.245.4373 ext 3474
Fax: 850.414.6860
E-mail: Tiffany Kemp
Website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/

Yes

Endorsement Graduation from an APTA/CAPTE accredited program

Credential evaluations required

verification of any foreign license

Credentials Evaluation of all foreign education-must have the equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy or an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting as awarded in the United States

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

Florida laws and rules exam

Must be 18 years old.

All applicants must complete a three hour AIDS/HIV education course Applicants must take 2 hours in prevention of medical errors.

 

Georgia

For more information, please go to this link:

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/39

Hawaii

Hawaii: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Dept of Commerce & Consumer Affairs

P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: 808.586.2694
Fax: 808.586.2689
E-mail: Phys Therapy
Website: http://www.state.hi.us/

Min. exam score 600 after Nov. 1994
Before Nov. 1994 – 1.0 standard deviation below the national mean

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from

  • IERF
  • ICA
  • ICD
  • FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

if the school is in a country, state or province where the official language, not English, must prove English Proficiency by taking GED or TABE or CAT or TOEFL

The exam may be waived by the board if have passing score and licensed in another US state.

The applicant must be 18.

 

Idaho

Idaho: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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ID State Board of Medicine

Street Address:
1755 Westgate Dr. Suite 140
Boise, ID 83704

Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0058

Phone: 208.327.7000
Fax: 208-327-7005
E-mail 1: jadcock@bom.state.id.us
E-mail 2: info@bom.state.id.us
Website: http://www.bom.state.id.us

Yes

  • Recommendations
  • verifications
  • Good Moral Character

Credential evaluations required

  • FCCPT
  • ICD
  • ICA
  • IERF if the school is not CAPTE accredited
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

No

Written proof of license in the native country
Illinois

Illinois: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Department of Professional Regulation

320 W. Washington, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

Phone: 217.782.8556
Fax: 217.782.7645
E-mail: Cfox@ildpr.com
Website: http://www.ildpr.com

 

Only endorsement - no reciprocity

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation by FCCPT

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL and TSE required unless PT education was in English or if licensed in another US state and practicing 3 years or more.

Foreign graduates must have official
transcripts with a course description
Indiana

Indiana: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Indiana Physical Therapy Committee

402 W. Washington St, Room 006
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.234.2051
Fax 317.233.4236
E-mail: hpb6@hpb.state.in.us
Website: http://www.in.gov/hpb/

  • Endorsement
  • 2 Photos
  • Transcripts

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
ICD
ICA
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
A minimum score of 75 Converted
Other exams Other

No

 
Iowa

Iowa: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy Examiners Iowa Department of Public Health

321 East 12th St. 5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319- 0075
Phone: 515.281.4413
Fax: 515.281.3121

E-mail: jmanning@idph.state.ia.us
Website: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/

 

Yes

  • With exam results transfer

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation:

  • FCCPT
  • IERF
  • ICD
  • ICA

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

For all foreign graduates TOEFL

Official statement of any license from another state or another country, if licensed there.

For foreign-trained PT's the Iowa board also requires a notarized copy of the certificate or
diploma awarded to the applicant from either a physical therapy program or a physiotherapy program in the country in which the applicant was educated and provide written proof that the applicant's school of physical therapy or physiotherapy education is recognized by its own ministry of education. if the degree is granted on or before January 31, 2004, the degree must be equivalent to at least a baccalaureate degree. The baccalaureate program shall consist of a minimum of 60 hours of general education and 60 hours of professional education. if the degree is granted on or after February 1, 2004, the degree must be equivalent to a postbaccalaureate degree.

Kansas

Kansas: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

KS State Board of Healing Arts PT Examining Committee

235 S. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66603

Phone: 785.296.7413
Fax: 785.296.0852
E-mail: cabbott@ink.org
Website: www.ink.org/public/boha

All endorsement candidates must meet Kansas requirements + proof of license in another state.

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation from

  • FCCPT
  • IERF
  • ICD
  • ICA

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

if not schooled in English must pass TOEFL + TSE

All applicants must complete a disciplinary part of application Foreign graduates must be reviewed by the PT examining committee after credentials evaluation to ensure eligibility.

 

Kentucky

Kentucky: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Kentucky State Board of PT

9110 Leesgate Road, # 6
Louisville, KY 40222-5159

Phone: 502.327.8497
Fax: 502.423.0934
E-mail: becky.hughes@ky.gov
Website: http://pt.ky.gov 

Yes

  • With NPTE score

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from ICA or FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TSE min. 50
Maybe waived if a natural language is English

All applicants must take a 4 hour AIDS course All foreign graduates must complete a minimum of 3 months (max. 6 months) of board approved supervised physical therapy practice.

 

Louisiana

Louisiana: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

LA State Board of PT Examiners

714 E. Kaliste
Saloom Rd. Suite D2
Lafayette, LA 70508-3834

Phone: 337.262.1043
Fax: 337.262.1054
E-mail: lsbpte@iamerica.net
Website: www.laptboard.org

Yes

  • With the original PT diploma and the original license

Credential evaluations required

Must apply for FCCPT to obtain Type I Comprehensive Certificate.

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
 

Foreign educated graduates must be supervised by an LA licensed PT for 6 months (minimum 1000 hours of patient care). if not a US Citizen must submit original passport during the interview.

Maine

Maine: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

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Board of Examiners in PT

35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207.624.8689
Fax: 207.624.8637
E-mail: barbara.j.smith@maine.gov
Website: www.maineprofessionalreg.org

Yes

  • Passing score of 600
  • Character references
  • School transcripts and verification of license

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation that meets Maine requirements (may be done by any credentialing organization)
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Applicants trained in another country must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English TOEFL + TSE +TWE if not educated in English

if the applicant has been trained in another country, present satisfactory evidence that the applicant has graduated from a school of physical therapy approved or accredited in the country where the school is located and have educational credentials equivalent to those of the United States trained physical therapist/physical therapist, assistant.

 

Maryland

Maryland: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

4201 Patterson Avenue, #318
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299

Phone: 410.764.4752
Fax: 410.358.1183
E-mail: tyminska@dhmh.state.md.us
Website: http://dhmh.state.md.us/

Yes

Credential evaluations required

Foreign graduates must have educational credentials considered by a Board-approved credential evaluation agency to be comparable to a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
 

Foreign graduates will also be required to complete a specified period of supervised clinical experience or provide satisfactory evidence of the same if licensed in another state.

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Board of Allied Health Professionals Division of Registration

239 Causeway Street, Suite 100%
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617.727.3033
Fax: 617.727.2669
E-mail: ann.evans@state.ma.us
Website: http://www.state.ma.us/

Questions about licensure requirements are handled by:
Professional Credential Services, Inc.
Phone: 877- 887-9727
www.pcshq.com

Yes

With proof of license (record of good standing from all states where licensed) and satisfaction of the following conditions:

  • Completed application (including notarization of
    the applicant's signature) sent
    with required documentation
    to: 
    Professional Credential Services, Inc.
    150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700
    Nashville, TN 37219- 2417.
    (Phone: 877-887- 9727)
  • Official transcript submitted,
    indicating successful Completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements, graduation date and degree conferred
  • Payment of current licensure fee
  • Other requirements established by the Board

Credential evaluations required

Foreign graduates must have an evaluation and approval of educational credentials by FCCPT. They must also provide satisfactory evidence that the applicant is authorized to practice without restriction in either the jurisdiction in which the post-secondary institution from which the applicant has graduated is located or in the jurisdiction in which the applicant is a citizen.

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL min. 560
TWE (4.5 min)

 

Good moral character required from all applicants
Michigan

Michigan: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Michigan Board of Physical Therapy

P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517.335.0918
Fax: 517.373.2179
E-mail: melanie.b.brim@cis.state.mi.us
Website: http://www.michigan.gov

Yes

  • Transcripts
  • Michigan Jurisprudence Exam
  • License verification

Credential evaluations required

ICD and IERF

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Michigan Jurisprudence Exam for all TOEFL TSE

 
Minnesota

Minnesota: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

MN Board of Physical Therapy

2829 University Avenue, SE, #315
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3222

Phone: 612.627.5406
Fax: 612.627.5403

E-mail: stephanie.lunning@state.mn.us
Website: www.physicaltherapy.state.mn.us

No, the complete application process is required for all applicants (US and foreign-educated)


Credential evaluations required

Required FCCPT Type I review
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes, after educational credentials review and 6 months supervised traineeship
Other exams Other

TOEFL Min. 550

All foreign-educated PTs must successfully complete 6 months of board-approved supervised training (this requirement may be waived if they have practiced under supervision in a broad-based setting in another state).

Mississippi

Mississippi: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Mississippi State Dept of Health Div of Licensure & Regulations Professional Licensure

570 East Woodrow Wilson Blvd, Rm 160
Jackson, MS 39216

Phone: 601.576.7262
Fax: 601.576.7267
E-mail: fsimkins@msdh.state.ms.us

Yes

  • With verification of license (original copy sent by that board) + NPTE results + education

Credential evaluations required

Credentialing evaluation from ICA
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Foreign graduates TOEFL + TSE

 

 
Missouri

Missouri: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Advisory Comm for Prof PTs& PTAs

PO Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: 573.751.0098
Fax: 573.751.3166
E-mail: tsteinma@mail.state.mo.us
Website: http://www.pr.mo.gov

Yes

  • Currently, need a BA but will need 
    a Master’s beginning Jan 2003

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWETOEFL 560
  • TSE 50
 
Montana

Montana: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity
Alabama Board of Physical Therapy

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: 406.841.2387
Fax: 406.841.2305
E-mail: compolptp@state.mt.us
Website: http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Yes

  • Proof of licensure
    from ALL states
  • Education verification + Montana jurisprudence exam

Credential evaluations required

 
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

All candidates must take Montana jurisprudence exam

 

 
Nebraska

Nebraska: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Board of Physical Therapy

301 Centennial Mall
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: 402.471.0547
Fax: 402.471.3577
E-mail: dhansmeyer@fsbpt.org
Website: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/

Yes

  • Proof of graduation
  • transcript
  • NPTE score (600+)
  • Good standing of license

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation by either one of the following:

  • ICD
  • ICA
  • IERF
  • FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

For all foreign graduates, TOEFL + TWE + TSE May be waived if the school sends a letter that education was in English.

There are minimum hours in general education and professional education that are required from foreign graduates.

Nevada

Nevada: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

NV State Bd of Physical Therapy Examiners

3150 W. Sahara Ave. Suite B-13
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Phone: 702.876.5535
Fax: 702.876.2097
E-mail: atresca@govmail.state.nv.us
Website: http://www.ptboard.nv.gov

Yes

  • Fingerprints
  • 4 Letters of Reference
  • Transcripts
  • verification of License from
    APTA approved school

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
Foreign Educated Physical Therapists must have a Physical Therapy license in his/her native country.
New Hampshire

New Hampshire: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

PT Governing Board of NH Office of Allied Health Prof.

2 Industrial Park Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603.271.8389
Fax: 603.271.6702
E-mail: vsoucy@nhsa.state.nh
Website: http://www.nhes.state.nh.us

No

  • BA from APTA Approved School
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • State Clearance
  • School transcripts and verification of license

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exam Other

TOEFL Minimum of 560
TSE Minimum of 50
TWE Minimum of 4.5

 

 
New Jersey

New Jersey: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

NJ State Board of PT

P.O. Box 45014
Newark, NJ 07101

Phone: 973.504.6455
Fax: 973.648.3536
E-mail: gartlands@dca.lps.state.nj.us
Website: http://www.state.nj.us

Yes

School transcripts and verification of license We still require that school transcripts come directly from the school to the Board unless sealed by the school. We require verification of license directly from each state of licensure.

Credential evaluations required

A credential evaluation is always required for an applicant who is foreign educated and the credentialing agency must determine equivalency to a U.S. graduate. Currently, ICA, ICD, FCCPT, and IERF have approved credential evaluation services. This list may change in the future so an application package will give you the most current information on all aspects of N.J. licensure requirements.

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL is required for an applicant who is foreign educated with a passing score of 220. N.J. still has an open book law exam that is part of the application.

N.J. requires that anyone who completes their P.T. education after 1/1/03 must have a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Any foreign-educated applicant must have 50 credits in general education with a required one-semester course in Physics and Chemistry.

As of 2/17/03 N.J. no longer issues a temporary license. A social security number is required for permanent licensure in N.J. A criminal history record check is also required for N.J.

New Mexico

New Mexico: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

NM Physical Therapy Board

2055 S Pacheco Suite 400
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: 505.476.7085
Fax: 505.476.7086
E-mail: physicaltherapy@state.nm.us
Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/

Yes

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation for all foreign graduates
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • Jurisprudence examination (passing score of 80%)

All foreign-educated applicants must have a letter from applicant’s most recent employer verifying employment; must provide a copy of license from country of education Education minimum of 42 hours of general education and minimum of 69 hours of professional education

New York

New York: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

State Board for PT

89 Washington Avenue
Education Building, East Mezzanine
Albany, NY 12234

Phone: 518.474.3817 x 180
Fax: 518.474.6375
E-mail: PTBD@mail.nysed.gov
Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/pt.htm

Endorsement, but no reciprocity
APTA

Credential evaluations required

Yes
FCCPT CGFNS
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
 

if educated outside the US, it is necessary for the applicant to have completed a program satisfactory to the Department of not less than four years of post-secondary study which includes the professional study of physical therapy that is equivalent to a certificate program in physical therapy registered by the Department and which culminates in a degree or diploma accepted as preparation in physical therapy by the civil authorities of
the country in which the studies were completed. It is suggested by the board that all foreign students should apply for licensure at the same time they have their credentials sent by either FCCPT or CGFNS.

 

North Carolina

North Carolina: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy

18 W. Colony Place, #140
Durham, NC 27705

Phone: 919.490.6393
Fax: 919.490.5106
E-mail: bfmassey@mindspring.com
Website: http://www.ncptboard.org

Yes

if licensure state requirement is
substantially equivalent to NC. Exam before July 1, 1993 score 1.5 standard deviations below the national average. Thereafter, a score of 600 required 

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluated by FCCPT or ICD or ICA or IEFR
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • Must prove English proficiency.
    TSE min. 50
    TWE Min. 45
    TOEFL minimum of 560
Two character references.
North Dakota

North Dakota: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

ND State Examination Committee for PT

Box 69 Grafton, ND 58237

Phone: 701.352.0125
Fax: 701.352.3093
E-mail 1: ndsecpt@gft.midco.net
E-mail 2: kubousek@polarcomm.com
Website: www.governor.state.nd.us/

Yes

  • Master’s Degree

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWE
Foreign Educated Physical Therapists must complete 6 months of direct supervision before being left to practice independently.
Ohio

Ohio: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Ohio Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board
77 S. High Street 16th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215-6108

Phone: 614.466.3774
Fax: 614.995.0816
E-mail 1: jeff.rosa@otptat.state.oh.us
E-mail 2: board@otptat.state.oh.us
Website: http://www.otptat.ohio.gov

Yes

  • 4 Year CAPTE Approved Program 18 Years Old

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL minimum score of 560
(or 220 for CBT)
TSE minimum score of 50
TWE minimum score of 4.5

 

Foreign educated applicants need verification for the home country that no disciplinary action is pending against the applicant.
Oklahoma

Oklahoma: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Bd of Med Lic & Sup PT Advisory Committee

5104 North Francis, Suite C
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: 405.848.6841
Fax: 405.848.8240
E-mail: rhall@osbmls.state.ok.us
Website: http://osbmls.state.ok.us

Yes

  • All licenses must be verified
    Score transferred directly from FSBPT

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Foreign graduates

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWE

All foreign graduates must have training in Oklahoma: Minimum of 800 hours or 120 days of clinical training under a board-approved program if the applicant has 1 year PT clinical experience the training may be waived by the board.

 

Oregon

Oregon: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

OR PT Licensing Board

800 NE Oregon St., Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232

Phone: 503.731.4047 
Fax: 503.731.4207
E-mail: james.heider @state.or.us
Website: http://www.ptboard.state.or.us

Yes

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

verification that English is the native language of the country of origin and the physical therapy program employs English as the language of training; or, successfully pass the following language tests:

  • TOEFL written 560, computer-based 220
  • TWE 4.5
  • TSE 50

The applicant must have a license to practice physical therapy in the country where the applicant attended and graduate from physical therapy school or, the applicant has authority to practice physical therapy in the country where the applicant attended and graduated from physical therapy school.

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

PA State Board of PT

P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Phone: 717.783.7134
Fax: 717.787.7769
E-mail: physical@pados.dos.state.pa.us
Website: http://www.dos.state.pa.us

Yes

if the score was 600+ on NPTE (or 75+ in past exams) through FSBPT or letters of good standing from a state board

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluated
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other
   
Rhode Island

Rhode Island: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Rhode Island PT Board Division of Prof Regulation

3 Capitol Hill, Rm 104
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone: 401.222.2828
Fax: 401.222.1272
E-mail: donnad@doh.state.ri.us
Website: http://www.healthri.org/

Yes

  • With exam results, verification of license and education

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation - FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
All foreign graduates must submit proof to practice in a country where educated
South Carolina

South Carolina: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Board of PT Examiners

110 Centerview Drive
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

Phone: 803.896.4655
Fax: 803.896.4719
E-mail: reynoldsv@mail.llr.state.sc.us
Website: www.llr.state.sc.us

Endorsement only With NPTE scores

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • English proficiency
  • TOEFL min. 560 written or 220 computer
  • TWE min. 4.5
  • TSE min. 55
All foreign-educated PTs must have 1,000 clinical practice hours under the supervision of a board-approved PT after passing the exam and before issuance of a permanent license.
South Dakota

South Dakota: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

SD Board of Medical Examiners

1323 S. Minnesota Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Phone: 605.334.8343
Fax: 605.336.0270
E-mail: jphalen@sdsma.org
Website:http://www.state.sd.us/

Yes

  • With NPTE scores

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation by ICA Or ICD Or IERF
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Passing the TOEFL exam within the past 2 years

All applicants must have school verification on the SD application forms.

 

Tennessee

Tennessee: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Div of Health Related Boards Bd of Occupational & Physical Therapy

426 5th Ave North 1st Floor
Nashville, TN 37247

Phone: 615.532.5136
Fax: 615.532.5164
E-mail: Lea.Phelps@state.tn.us
Website: http://www.state.tn.us/health

 

Yes

Credential evaluations required

All non-CAPTE Accredited programs must have credentials evaluated by FCCPT
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Proof of English proficiency Must pass TOEFL, TWE, and TSE

 

 
Texas

Texas: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

TX Board of PT Examiners

333 Guadalupe Suite 2-510
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.305.6900
Fax: 512.305.6951
Email: nhurter@mail.capnet.state.tx.us
Website: www.ecptote.state.tx.us

Endorsement:

if you have a PT or PTA degree from a CAPTE-accredited program in the US or its territories, submit the 2 items listed here.

  1. Official transcript from your PT or PTA program mailed directly to the Board by the school. Copies are not acceptable.
  2. Letter of program completion or a copy of your diploma. if the letter of completion is used, it must be the ORIGINAL letter with the school seal, signed by the school registrar, program director, or other authorized school officials, and be sent directly to the Board by the school. No copies of letters of completion will be accepted.

if you have a PT or PTA degree from an unaccredited program in the U.S. or territory, or from a program outside of the U.S., you must submit the following item.

1. Educational evaluation is done by a board-approved credentialing agency. The evaluation must be done specifically for Texas, not for any other state. 

A credentialer will determine whether the degree you received is substantially equivalent to an entry-level degree in physical therapy granted by CAPTE accredited programs in the U.S. and whether you meet other specific requirements established by rule. 

For the complete description of the requirements, go to section 329.5(h) of the Board’s rules.

 

Credential evaluations required

We will not accept an evaluation done by IERF, the FCCPT, or any other company, not on the list. if you have already had an evaluation done by ICA or ICD for another state, you must ask them to revise your evaluation to meet Texas requirements. if your evaluation was done by another company, we regret that you will have to have it done again, but there are no exceptions to this rule. For your convenience, here is the contact information for the credentials we use:

International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
7245 Bryan Dairy Road
Largo, FL 33777
phone: 727/549-8555
fax: 727/549- 8554

International Consultants of Delaware, Inc (ICD)
625 Barksdale Road, Ste 109
Newark, DE 19711
phone: 302/737-8715
fax: 302.737.8756

The University of Texas at Austin
ATTN: Robert Watkins
Graduate and International Admissions Center
2608 Whitis Avenue
Austin, TX 78712
phone: 512/475-7409 
fax: 512/475/7395

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Jurisprudence exam for all. All foreign-trained applicants must take the English tests and make the scores required by the Board. There are no exceptions or exemptions from the requirement that you take the tests. For foreign graduates English proficiency:

  • TOEFL min. 580 (237 if computerized)
  • TWE min. 5.0
  • TSE min. 55

Depending on your visa status, you may need to go through a prescreening process as required by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) before applying for a license in Texas. To determine whether you need to get a “health care worker certificate,” contact your attorney, or check the DHS website. if you need this certificate, the board will accept certificates from either the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT), or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
Contact the FCCPT at www.fccpt.org (or 703/684-8406), or CGNFS at http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/index.html

Your degree must be equivalent to a 4-year, an entry-level degree in PT degree as awarded by regionally accredited universities in the U.S. The school from which you received your degree must be recognized formally by the country's Ministry of Education or the equivalent. You must have made a grade of "C"/pass or above in all general and professional courses. You must have 60 general education hours (including courses in biological, social and physical sciences) You must have 72 professional education hours. You must have 8-15 hours of clinical education. Your coursework must meet the criteria of the Board's evaluations checklist. You must be licensed to practice in the country in which you received your education if PTs are licensed in that country.

 

Utah

Utah: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

160 East 300 South
SM Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Phone: 801.530.6632
Fax: 801.530.6511
E-mail: kmccall@dopl.utah.gov
Website: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/

Utah does NOT have reciprocity or endorsement with any other state for Physical Therapy. The individual must meet Utah's requirements.

Credential evaluations required

Foreign education must be evaluated by the FCCPT.
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Utah law and rule examination are a page in the application to be completed as the individual fills out the application and is submitted with the application.

Graduation from a CAPTE Accredited program ONLY deficiencies in humanities, social sciences and liberal arts may be made up at any college or university. if the individual is deficient in anything else they must matriculate back into a college or university and get a degree in physical therapy. AFTER the education meets the accredited requirement s, the individual may apply for examination/ licensure by submitting a completed application with the application fee (please note the web ABC page where it says "July 1, 2003 application fee increase" as all applications are not yet updated), have FCCPT submit an original copy of the evaluation report and original transcripts documenting any deficiencies. We will then review to approve for the examination. Upon completing the
examination we issue the license.

 

Vermont

Vermont: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Physical Therapy Advisors Office of Prof Regulations Administrator: Loris Rollins

26 Terrace Street Drawer
09 Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
Phone: 802.828.2191
Fax: 802.828.2465
E-mail: lrollins@sec.state.vt.us
Website: www.vtprofessionals.org

Yes

  • By proof of license in another state with substantially same requirements as Vermont

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
 
Other exams Other
   
Virginia

Virginia: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

Board of Physical Therapy Dept of Health Professions

4th Floor 6606 West
Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804.662.9924
Fax: 804.662.9523
Email: elizabeth.young@dhp.state.va.us
Website: http://www.dhp.state.va.us

Yes

  • NPTE Computerized Application Form/Test

Credential evaluations required

FCCPT

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Letter Verifying Proficiency in English by an American University, Employer, etc or TOEFL

if a foreign applicant has not worked as a physical therapist in
the US for at least 1 year
then the applicant must complete
1000 hours of training before being
eligible to sit for the NPTE exam.

 

Washington

Washington: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

WA Board of Physical Therapy

1102 SE Quince Street
PO Box 47868
Olympia, WA 98504-7868

Phone: 360.236.4874
Fax: 360.236.4922
E-mail: Carol.Neva@doh.wa.gov
Website: https://wws2.wa.gov/doh/hpqalicensing/

Yes

  • APTA Course, currently Bachelor’s
    level but changing to Master’s by January 2002
  • NPTE 7 hours of AIDS Training
  • Jurisprudence Exam
  • Spoken/Written Test

Credential evaluations required

Must have credentials evaluation from ICA
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL minimum score of 560
TSE minimum score of 50

Working on policies that would require additional course work to make up for unmet requirements

 

West Virginia

West Virginia: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

WV Board of Physical Therapy

153 W. Main Street, Suite 103
Clarksburg, WV 26301

Phone: 304.627.2251
Fax: 304.627.2253
E-mail: wvbopt@mail.wvnet.edu
Website: http://www.wvbopt.com

Yes

  • License verification from 3 most recent states
  • Score transfer from FSBPT

Credential evaluations required

Foreign-trained Physical Therapists must have their credentials evaluated by a Board-approved credentialing company. This should be completed prior to the individual submitting an application or money to the Board Office for a license and acceptance of it by this Board.
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL min. 550
  • TSE min. 50
  • TWE min. 4
  •  
Foreign educated applicants must be licensed in the country of their education
Wisconsin

Wisconsin: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

WI Dept of Reg & Licensing

1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 178
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708

Phone: 608.266.2112
Fax: 608.261.7083
E-mail: deanna.zychowski@drl.state.wi.us
Website: http://www.drl.state.wi.us/ 

Yes

  • NPTE

Credential evaluations required

  • International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
  • FCCPT
  • ICA
  • IEFR
National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

Yes

  • TOEFL
  • TSE
  • TWE
Wyoming

Wyoming: Physical Therapist Licensing Requirements

Contact information  By endorsement/reciprocity

WY Board of Physical Therapy

2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 201
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307.777.3507
Fax: 307.777.3508
E-mail: nbrown1@missc.state.wy.us
Website: http://soswy.state.wy.us

Yes

  • Passing score of 600

Credential evaluations required

Credentials evaluation by one of the following:

  • ICA
  • ICD
  • IERF

 

National physical therapists (PT) exam - NPTE
Yes
Other exams Other

TOEFL Min. 560
TWE min. 45
TSE min. 50

Foreign-trained physical therapists must complete a one year practice of a board-approved physical therapy program English proficiency tests may be waived if the native country of origin is English OR if graduated from a PT program conducted in English.