For updates on possible changes, visit the Federation of State Boards of PT (FSBPT) website at www.fsbpt.org
For additional testing dates and deadlines, click here.
The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (PT Board) is a participating state in the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP) for applicants from accredited programs for licensure by examination. The AAP separates the functions of exam registration/approval from licensure application/issuance. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has the final authority to determine who is eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) with input from the schools, and the PT Board concentrates on the requirements for issuing a license once the NPTE is passed by an applicant.
The AAP does not affect the current procedure for processing foreign-educated applicants.
Temporary License: You may pay for the optional temporary license online when you apply. If you don’t pay for a temporary license when you submit your online application, you need to mail a check or money order payble to ECPTOTE along with the temporary license affidavits to the address at the bottom of the page. Click the following link for more information about PT Temporary Licenses.
You must provide your social security number (SSN) to obtain a license. If you do not have an SSN, you must submit an SSN Statement stating that you do not have one.
Transcripts in pdf form will be accepted if sent directly from the registrar’s office to email@example.com. Transcripts still need to show at least active enrollment in the last semester of the program.
Electronic transcripts sent by a third party processor are acceptable.
For graduates of Texas CAPTE-accredited programs: Your program director will send a Letter of Completion with a list of graduating students directly to the Board. You do not need to send a separate Letter of Completion form.
Does not apply to foreign-educated applicants.
You can track your progress toward licensure on the Applicant Status Lookup page. Processing time for documents submitted could take up to 3 business days.
Once your school has verified that you are on track to graduate to the FSBPT, you can register to take the NPTE. More information about the schedules and deadlines for future fixed date exams.
After the FSBPT has verified your eligibility, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email with instructions on reserving your seat with a Prometric Testing Center.
Once you take the exam, the FSBPT will report your score to the PT Board one week after the test date. Find out whether you passed or failed at that time by logging into your FSBPT candidate account.
For CAPTE-Accredited Applicants: If you require accommodations on the national exam, you need to request accommodations at the time that you register to take the NPTE. To request accommodations, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive forms and instructions. More information on testing accommodations is available through the FSBPT’s website.
For Foreign-Educated Applicants: If you require accommodations on the national exam, go to ptot.texas.gov/pt-exam-accommodations.
PT Board – 512/305-6900
FSBPT – 888/461-6905
Prometric Testing Center – 800/796-9857