Foreign Trained Physical Therapist & Assistant by Endorsement


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Licensure by Endorsement is for applicants who have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and hold an active license in another state.

Applicants must have their NPTE score report transferred from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), https://www.fsbpt.org/.

The requirements for licensure can be found in Sections 486. 031, F.S., 486.081, F.S., 486.102, F.S., Section 486.107, F.S.;, and Rules 64B17-3.003 and 64B17-4.003, F.A.C. and include:

Applicants must have graduated from a school giving a course for physical therapists or physical therapists assistants in a foreign country and have educational credentials deemed equivalent to those required for the educational preparation of physical therapists or assistants in this country, as recognized by the appropriate agency as identified by the board.

PTA applicants must have graduated from a school giving a course for physical therapist assistant in a foreign country. Applicants cannot use a physical therapist degree to apply as a physical therapist assistant. Please refer to rule 64B17- 4.001(3)(b), F.A.C.

An applicant who has been educated in a foreign country has two options of applying by endorsement.

Option 1: An applicant may demonstrate minimum qualifications by completing a credentials evaluation specifically for Florida.

Approved credentialing agencies are:

  • International Credentialing Associates (ICA) – www.icaworld.com
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) – www.ierf.org
  • Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) – www.fccpt.org
  • International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD) – www.icdeval.com

Option 2: If an applicant has five years of clinical experience. The applicant May submit the following:

  • A certified copy of the credential evaluation used by the physical therapist/assistant licensing board of another state. The evaluation must be on the appropriate coursework tool (CWT) adopted by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and reflect the education criteria in place at the time of graduation
  • Proof of 1000 clinical practice hours each year in the United States for five (5) out of the last ten (10) years. Full-time teaching of physical therapist/assistant education may count toward 250 of the 1000 required practice hours per year.

An applicant who has failed to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination by or on the fifth attempt, regardless of the jurisdiction through which the examination was taken, is precluded from licensure.

Applicants must contact the desired credentialing agency to complete the evaluation process. The credential evaluation must be sent to the board office directly from the credentialing agency.

Applicants must contact the state board(s) in which a license has been held to request License Verification(s) be sent to Florida. If the state has an online verification which includes disciplinary actions, we will accept the online verification.

If an applicant qualifies to apply under Rule 64B17-3.003(2) or 4.003(2), the applicant must submit a certified copy of the credential evaluation used by the licensing board of another state and proof of 1000 clinical practice hours each year in the United States for five (5) out of the last ten (10) years. Proof shall be submitted by a letter affirming the hours.

Request your NPTE score transfer at https://www.fsbpt.org/.

Complete the online Florida licensure application.

Applicants must register with the FSBPT for the Florida laws and rules exam at https://www.fsbpt.org/.

If applicants have any affirmative answers in the Criminal, Personal, or Disciplinary sections of the application, submission of a personal statement and supporting documentation can be emailed or faxed to the board office. *

Applications are reviewed within 15 days of receipt. Applicants will receive status updates by email and mail and can also check the application status on our website.

Once approved for testing, applicants will be emailed the Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from the FSBPT. This letter provides scheduling instructions.

Applicants who do not successfully pass the Florida Laws and Rules Examination will have to submit a re-examination application and re-register with the FSBPT at https://www.fsbpt.org/.

*Any affirmative answers on the initial application to the criminal, disciplinary or personal history sections will require a personal written statement and supporting documentation. This documentation is reviewed to determine if a personal appearance at a board meeting is required.

$180.00 Application and Licensing Fee to Board of Physical Therapy

$65.00 Florida Laws and Rules Exam fee to FSBPT

Applicable fees to Prometric, testing vendor

No fee for Laws and Rules Retake Application; this application can be faxed or emailed

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Florida Statutes

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 486: Physical Therapy

Florida Administrative Codes

Rules: Chapter 64B17, Board of Physical Therapy Practice