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FSBPT Exam & FSBPT Certification Info

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is an American non-profit organization committed to protecting the public by providing services and support to state licensing authorities in the physical therapy field. They develop and administer the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), which is used by the licensing authorities to determine the competency of candidates to practice as entry-level physical therapists or physical therapist assistants.

Step 1: Eligibility and Application

Before you can take the NPTE, you need to be deemed eligible by the licensing authority of the state in which you want to be licensed. After you've been approved, you can apply for the NPTE on the FSBPT website ( You'll need to pay an exam fee and possibly additional fees depending on the state's requirements.

Step 2: Scheduling the Exam

Once your application is approved, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter, which will allow you to schedule your exam. The exam is administered by Prometric, a testing service company, and you can schedule your exam on their website ( You can choose the location and date of your exam based on availability.

Step 3: Taking the Exam

The exam is taken at a Prometric testing center. There are hundreds of these centers across the United States and its territories, so you should be able to find a location that is convenient for you. On the day of the exam, you'll need to bring the ATT letter and a valid form of identification. The exam is computer-based and the time allowed for completion varies depending on whether you're taking the PT or PTA exam.

For more information on the FSBPT and the NPTE, visit the FSBPT website at

National Physical Therapy Examinations

FSBPT National Physical Therapy Examinations Exams

NPTAE - Physical Therapy Assistants (NPTAE)

The National Physical Therapy Assistant Examination is a certification test administered by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). This examination assesses the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities required to work as a physical therapy assistant. The test includes multiple-choice questions covering topics like physical therapy data collection, interventions, safety and protection, and professional responsibilities. Passing this exam, in conjunction with obtaining a physical therapist assistant degree, is a prerequisite for licensure in most U.S. states, signifying a certified professional ready to practice under the direction of a physical therapist.

100 - Multiple Choice
Clinical Application of Physical Therapy Principles and Foundational Sciences - 40%
Data Collection Interventions Equipment and Devices;Therapeutic Modalities - 48%
Safety, Protection, and Professional Roles; Teaching and Learning; Evidence Based Practice - 12%

120 Minutes
National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE)

The National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a certification test for individuals aspiring to be licensed physical therapists or physical therapist assistants in the U.S. Administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, the NPTE evaluates candidates' understanding of essential physical therapy principles and practices. It covers topics like diseases/conditions affecting the body, interventions, and equipment usage. Successful completion signifies the candidate's competency to practice physical therapy safely and effectively. Candidates must meet certain educational and eligibility requirements before taking this rigorous examination.

100 - Multiple Choice
Clinical Application of Foundational Science - 14.5%
Examination - 13.0%
Foundations for Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis, & Prognosis - 23.5%
Interventions - 18%
Equipment & Devices; Therapeutic Modalities - 11%
Safety & Professional Roles; Teaching/Learning; Research - 20%

120 Minutes