Foreign Trained Physical Therapist & Assistant by Examination


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Initial Licensing Requirements, Process, Fees, Statutes and Administrative Rules for a Foreign Trained Physical Therapist & Assistant by Examination.

Application by Exam is for:

  • Applicants who have never passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), or;
  • Applicants who passed the NPTE within the five years immediately prior to the filing of the application and do not hold an active license in another state, or;
  • Applicants who passed the NPTE more than five years ago but do not hold an active license in another state.

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

Applicants must have graduated from a school giving a course for physical therapists or physical therapist 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 assistants 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.

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

For exam dates and deadlines, visit https://www.fsbpt.org/. The board office must receive the completed application and all supporting documents by the FSBPT’s registration deadline of the desired exam date.

Applicants who have failed the NPTE three times must complete remediation training. Applicants who have completed these additional requirements may take the examination on two more occasions.

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.

Complete the online Florida licensure application.

Applicants must register with the FSBPT for the NPTE and 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 the personal statement and supporting documentation can be emailed or faxed to our 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 their examination will have to submit a re-examination application and re-register with the FSBPT at https://www.fsbpt.org/. The board office must receive the completed application by the FSBPT’s registration deadline of the desired exam date.

NPTE scores are received seven days after administration and are processed within four days.

*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 of a personal appearance at a board meeting is required.

$180.00 Application and Licensing Fee to Board of Physical Therapy

$400.00 NPTE fee and $65.00 Florida Laws and Rules Exam fee to FSBPT

Applicable fees to Prometric, testing vendor

$100.00 NPTE Retake Application

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