Important Dates and Deadlines for NPTE
For updates on possible changes, visit the Federation of State Boards of PT (FSBPT) website at www.fsbpt.org
PTA - January 6, 2021 EXAM
- December 2, 2021 - Registration and Payment Deadline for NPTE (FSBPT)
- December 23, 2021 - Deadline to reserve seat with Prometric Testing Center
- January 13, 2021 - Scores reported to the PT Board
PT - January 26, 2021 EXAM
- December 22, 2021 - Registration and Payment Deadline for NPTE (FSBPT)
- January 12, 2021 - Deadline to reserve seat with Prometric Testing Center
- February 2, 2021 - Scores reported to the Board
For additional testing dates and deadlines, click here.
The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (PT Board) is a participating state in the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP) for applicants from accredited programs for licensure by examination. The AAP separates the functions of exam registration/approval from licensure application/issuance. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has the final authority to determine who is eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) with input from the schools, and the PT Board concentrates on the requirements for issuing a license once the NPTE is passed by an applicant.
The AAP does not affect the current procedure for processing foreign-educated applicants.
Steps for Applying for a License By Exam
Temporary License: You may pay for the optional temporary license online when you apply. If you don't pay for a temporary license when you submit your online application, you need to mail a check or money order payble to ECPTOTE along with the temporary license affidavits to the address at the bottom of the page. Click the following link for more information about PT Temporary Licenses.
You must provide your social security number (SSN) to obtain a license. If you do not have an SSN, you must submit an SSN Affidavit (pdf) stating that you do not have one.
Step 2. Complete items A - E below in ANY order.
- OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Contact the registrar at your school and have them submit an official transcript directly to the Board.The transcript must show at least active enrollment in the final semester of the PT or PTA program and must be sent directly to the Board by the registrar. Transcripts issued to and mailed by the student will not be accepted.
Transcripts in pdf form will be accepted if sent directly from the registrar’s office to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts still need to show at least active enrollment in the last semester of the program.
Electronic transcripts sent by a third party processor are acceptable.This applies only to graduates of CAPTE-accredited programs. All others must submit an educational evaluation.
- PASSPORT-TYPE PHOTO: A recent, 2 in. x 2 in. passport-type photo must be submitted to the Board either by mail or digitally. By Mail: Computer-printed photos are not acceptable and will delay the processing of your application. Photos must be on standard photographic paper, with the printed name, date of birth, and signature of the applicant on the reverse in dark ink. For information regarding passport-type photo requirements, click here. By Email: An emailed digital photo is acceptable if it adheres to the U.S. Department of State specifications found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos/digital-image-requirements.html. Email a digital photo as an attachment to email@example.com. Include your name as it appears on your application and your birthdate in the text of the email.
- LETTER OF COMPLETION: Request that your Program Director or Registrar mail a Letter of Completion to the Board. For graduates of CAPTE-accredited programs Outside of Texas: Print out the Letter of Completion form and give it to your program director or school registrar to complete. The form must include the school seal or be notarized, must be dated on or after the actual completion date of the PT or PTA program, and must be mailed directly to the Board from the school . Documents received from the applicant will not be accepted. For graduates of Texas CAPTE-accredited programs: Your program director will send a Letter of Completion with a list of graduating students directly to the Board. You do not need to send a separate completion letter.
- TEXAS JURISPRUDENCE ASSESSMENT MODULE (TX JAM): Take the online Jurisprudence Assessment Module. A score report will be sent directly to the Board by the FSBPT.
- FINGERPRINTING: A Criminal Background Check via Fingerprinting is required prior to issuance of a licene. See New Fingerprinting Requirement Effective 1/01/2019 for details.
You can track your progress toward licensure on the Applicant Status Lookup page.
Steps for Examination
Step 1. Register to take the NPTE through FSBPT.
Once your school has verified that you are on track to graduate to the FSBPT, you can register to take the NPTE. More information about the schedules and deadlines for future fixed date exams.
Step 2. Schedule your exam.
After the FSBPT has verified your eligibility, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email with instructions on reserving your seat with a Prometric Testing Center.
Step 3. Take the exam.
Once you take the exam, the FSBPT will report your score to the PT Board one week after the test date. Find out whether you passed or failed at that time by logging into your FSBPT candidate account.
For CAPTE-Accredited Applicants: If you require accommodations on the national exam, you need to request accommodations at the time that you register to take the NPTE. To request accommodations, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive forms and instructions. More information on testing accommodations is available through the FSBPT's website.
For Foreign-Educated Applicants: If you require accommodations on the national exam, go to www.ptot.texas.gov/page/pt-exam-accommodations.
Important Phone Numbers:
PT Board - 512/305-6900
FSBPT - 888/461-6905
Prometric Testing Center - 800/796-9857