|Board of Physical Therapy|
Phone: (804) 367-4674
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2016 NEW NPTE EXAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIRMENTS:
FSBPT’s eligibility requirements are not the same as a jurisdiction’s requirements for licensure.
Candidates will be able to take the exam a maximum of 6 times. An individual can take the NPTE for PTs 6 times and also take the NPTE for PTAs 6 times if he or she is otherwise qualified to do so. Candidates will still be allowed up to 3 attempts per year but now will have a 6 time total limit. As of January 1, 2016, any candidate who has already tested 6 times will no longer be allowed to test unless a jurisdiction chooses to appeal this policy on a specific candidate’s behalf (see “appeals process” on FSBPT's website - link provided below).
Low score limit:
Candidates who receive two very low scores on the exam, currently defined as performing at or close to chance level (scale scores 400 and below), will not be allowed to test again. Candidates who receive a very low score on the exam are notified that their performance is so far away from the minimal competence level that they need to engage in serious remediation, like enrolling in another PT educational program, before attempting the NPTE again and that another score that is very low (400 or below) may result in further action by FSBPT. As January 1, 2016, candidates who receive a score of 400 or less will be notified that a second score of 400 or less will result in a lifetime ban. No scores prior to January 1, 2016 will be considered, which means all candidates will have a “clean slate” with regard to this eligibility requirement.
Please click here to view FSBPT's website for more detailed information on all requirements.
New Law Regarding Direct Access Effective July 1, 2015
This information has been added to assist the public in understanding Physical Therapy practice and selecting a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Verify a Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant license (License Lookup)
- Learn Physical Therapy basics
- Choosing Wisely
- Understanding Your Rights
- How to file a complaint
Important News for Tracking your CEU's
Read more about the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) aPTitude System
New Regulations Effective February 27, 2014
Click here to view the specific changes in the regulations effective as of February 27, 2014.
Healthcare Workforce Data Findings
Continuing Education Courses
To review Type 1 and Type 2 continuing education requirements for renewal and reinstatement of a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant license please click here for more information.
Exemption of Continuing Competency Requirements
The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy in accordance with Section 18VAC112-20-131(C) of the Regulations, entitled “Continued Competency Requirements for Renewal of an Active License”, exempts a licensee from the continuing competency requirements for the first biennial renewal following the date of initial licensure by examination in Virginia. This exemption does not include those who were licensed by endorsement.
Regulations Effective July 17, 2013
Effective July 17, 2013, The Board of Physical Therapy has new regulations which increase the flexibility and accountability of traineeships by: 1) offering the option of passage of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s Practice Review Tool (PRT) in lieu of some training hours for applicants returning to practice through reinstatement, reactivation or endorsement; 2) reducing the traineeship hours for physical therapist assistants; 3) allowing part-time traineeships for graduates of non-approved physical therapy schools; and 4) limiting the numbers of supervisors for each trainee and requiring co-signing of trainee documentation in patient records and identification of a trainee for the patient. The new regulations also eliminate the face to face continued competency requirements for Type 1 hours although the number of Type I hours have increased for both PT’s and PTA’s. (For PT’s, at least 20 hours must be Type 1 and 10 hours may be Type 2 for a total of 30 hours. For PTA’s, at least 15 hours must be Type 1 and 15 hours may be Type 2 for a total of 30 hours)
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Fixed-date testing information for the PT and PTA NPTE
FSBPT has gone to fixed date testing for all PT and PTA National exams. Please click here for information about the dates and deadlines for applying.
Please click here for information on how to request a verification of licensure.
Online Licensing - Physical Therapy licensees can renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation
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The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)
Applications & Forms
Download the available forms and applications from the Board.
The following professions are regulated by the Board of Physical Therapy.
- Physical Therapist
- Physical Therapist Assistant
Laws & Regulations
Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Physical Therapy
Board Members, Meetings and Minutes
View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Physical Therapy. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.