Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

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Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant

 

General Information

It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Examination and licensure may be delayed if you submit incomplete form or submit the forms and/or fees to the wrong addresses.

The application asks you to select whether you are applying for an initial license by examination or reciprocity or reinstating or reapplying for a lapsed license. Use this table to decide.

IF you…

THEN apply by…

need to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Examination.

hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, D.C. or U.S. territory)

Reciprocity.

have already passed the NPTE but do not hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, D.C. or U.S. territory)

Examination.

previously held a Delaware license of the same type you’re now applying for and that license lapsed between one and five years ago

Reinstatement.

previously held a Delaware license of the same type you’re now applying for and that license lapsed more than five years ago

Reapplication.

Requirements for All Applicants

The requirements in this section apply to all applications except Special Project/Assignment Temporary license applications. If you will be practicing in Delaware solely in connection with a temporary special project, assignment or medical emergency, see the Application for Special Project/Assignment Temporary License.

The address of the Board office referred to in these instructions is:

Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers
Cannon Building , Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover DE 19904

  • Enclose processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
    • If you hold an active Delaware Physical Therapist Assistant license and are applying for upgrade to a Physical Therapist license, enclose the upgrade fee instead of the full processing fee.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have ever held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.

Additional Requirements for Examination Applicants

If you need to take the national examination, you must register for and schedule the examination in addition to filing your application with the Board office. For general information about the examination, visit the website of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) at www.fsbpt.org .

  • If you were educated in the U.S., arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from the college or university to the Board office.
    • Your school must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
    • The transcript must show that you have received a degree in physical therapy.
    • The physical therapy degree cannot be a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
    • If you have recently graduated and a final degree is not yet available, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a school official stating that you have completed graduation requirements and the expected date of graduation. You must submit the official transcript showing the degree conferred and date as soon as it is available. No permanent license will be granted until the Board office receives the official transcript.
  • If you received your physical therapy education outside the U.S. at a school that is not CAPTE-accredited, arrange for the Board office to receive a credential evaluation sent directly from the credentialing agency to the Board office. This requirement applies even if you have received a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from a U.S. school. One of the following Board-approved agencies must prepare the evaluation:
  • If you require special accommodation to take the NPTE due to a disability, submit a Request for Special Accommodation form with your application. Follow the instructions on the form to submit a medical report verifying your need for the accommodation. Failing to submit the request at the time you file your application may delay your examination date.

The Board determines whether you are eligible to take the examination based on your education and other guidelines in the license law and Rules and Regulations .

  • If you are not eligible to take the examination, the Board office will send you a notice explaining why not.
  • If you are eligible to take the examination, the Board office will notify FSBPT. When FSBPT receives both the Board’s approval and your registration and payment, FSBPT will then send you instructions on how to schedule the examination.

FSBPT will send the results of the examination to the Board office. If you passed, the Board office will issue your license. If you failed, instructions for re-taking the exam will be in the notice you receive.

Additional Requirements for Temporary License by Examination

If you are need to take the NPTE, you may also apply for a temporary license to work in Delaware while awaiting your exam scores.

  • You cannot apply for a temporary license without also applying for the permanent license by examination. Before applying for a temporary license, you must have a job and a supervising Physical Therapist in Delaware.
  • Delaware temporary licenses are valid only for work in Delaware.
  • The Board office will issue your temporary license when it has received all required documentation other than passing exam scores.
  • While under temporary licensure, you must practice under the direct supervision of a Delaware-licensed Physical Therapist. Section 1.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains what direct supervision means.
  • The temporary license is issued for three months. The Board must approve any extension of the temporary license.
  • If you fail the examination, the temporary license will expire immediately.

To apply for a temporary license by examination, the following requirements apply in addition to the items listed in the Requirements for All Applicants and Additional Requirements for Applications by Examination sections above.

  • Enclose temporary license fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” This fee is in addition to the processing fee for the permanent license.

Additional Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

In addition to the requirements in the Requirements for All Applicants section above, the following requirements apply to reciprocity applications:

  • If you were educated in the U.S., arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from the college or university to the Board office.
    • Your school must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
    • The transcript must show that you have received a degree in physical therapy.
    • The physical therapy degree cannot be a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
    • If you have recently graduated and a final degree is not yet available, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a school official stating that you have completed graduation requirements and the expected date of graduation. You must submit the official transcript showing the degree conferred and date as soon as it is available. No permanent license will be granted until the Board office receives the official transcript.
  • If you received your physical therapy education outside the U.S. at a school that is not CAPTE-accredited, arrange for the Board office to receive a credential evaluation sent directly from the credentialing agency to the Board office. This requirement applies even if you have received a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from a U.S. school. One of the following Board-approved agencies must prepare the evaluation:
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive your scores on the national examination, sent directly from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to the Board office. To request a score report, see Score Transfer Request Application .

Additional Requirement for Reinstatement or Reapplication Applicants

If you previously held a Delaware license that is now lapsed, you may apply to reinstate it within five years of its expiration date. However, if it has been lapsed over five years, you must reapply for licensure. (See Section 11.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.) Whether reinstating or reapplying, the following is required in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  • Submit proof that you have completed 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs) during the previous 24 months. CEUs are explained in Section 13.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


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Last Updated: Monday, 22-Sep-2014 08:47:41 EDT
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