Graduates of accredited physical therapy education programs are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, in order to be licensed in the state(s) in which they wish to practice.

It is the position of the American Physical Therapy Association that:

Physical therapists are licensed and physical therapist assistants should be licensed or otherwise regulated in all U.S. jurisdictions. State regulation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants should at a minimum: (1) require graduation from an accredited physical therapy education program (or in the case of an internationally-educated physical therapist, an equivalent education), (2) require passing an entry-level competency exam, (3) provide title protection, and (4) allow for disciplinary action. Additionally, physical therapists’ licensure should include a defined scope of practice.

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