Steps To Become An actual Therapist
Becoming a Physical Therapist involves obtaining a professional degree from a certified physical therapy program in addition to passing the licensing requirements set by the individual state. The typical time frame to become licensed Physical Therapist can take up to 7 years.
The mean annual wage of the Physical Therapist is $76,220 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2009). The employment outlook for Physical Therapists in all settings will continue to be good. The expected growth in this field is projected to improve by 30% from 2008 to 2018.
In order to be a licensed Physical Therapist you will have to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited physical therapist program. There are currently 212 accredited physical therapist programs throughout the Usa. The DPT degree is typically a 3 year program. Once you've obtained your DPT degree you will become eligible to sit for the PT license exam in most 50 states.
How to Apply for the PT License
Physical Therapists are licensed in every state such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and also the Virgin Islands. Since each state features its own regulatory board, licensing requirements for PTs can differ by state. Typically each licensure board will use the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination (NPTE) as one factor in the licensing or certification of physical therapists.
National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination
The NPTE is a computer-based exam that assesses basic comprehension for physical therapists seeking their initial license. The cost for the NPTE is $370 there may be additional fees levied through the particular state licensing authority.
First, you will need to contact their state regulatory board to obtain the licensing application. You then can register for the NPTE on The Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (https://www.fsbpt.org). You will be notified by your state regulatory board concerning your approval of eligibility. Once FSBT is notified, you'll receive an "Authorization to Test" letter with information on how to schedule a test appointment. You should note that you do not have to take the examination within the state you are trying to get a Physical Therapist license. There are over 300 testing centers across the United States. The exam contains 250 questions and it is broken out into five "mini exams". One last test score is dependant on 200 questions. When the exam is completed the FSBPT will transmit your score to the licensing authority to finalize your application.
About the Author
Jonas W. Brovadozzy is a medical recruitment specialist with Advanced Medical, a therapy staffing agency, and Advanced Surgical, a travel nurse agency We help connect therapists within the United States contemplating travel therapy with healthcare companies searching for supplemental medical staffing.
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