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Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant



Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution.  Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.   All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. Online courses are not accepted.
  • U.S.-educated applicants – An official transcript sent directly from the school. The 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.
  • Foreign-educated applicants (Non-CAPTE-accredited) – A credential evaluation from one of the following:


Examination Applicants

The Board determines whether you are eligible to take the NPTE based on your education and other guidelines. For more information, see the License Law or the Rules and Regulations. The Board office will send you email notifications about your eligibility.

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must do the following:

  • If you need to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), you must register for and schedule the examination in addition to submitting an application and fee for a license in DELPROS. For more information about the exam, including the Candidate Handbook, see NPTE.
  • If you have already passed the exam, arrange for the Board office to receive your national examination scores, sent to the Board office.


Temporary License by Examination

If you would like to apply for a temporary license to work in Delaware while awaiting to take the NPTE, you must submit the items in the previous section in DELPROS and meet the following requirements:

  • have already applied for the permanent license by examination.
  • have a job and work under the direct supervision of a Delaware-licensed Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer in Delaware.
  • only work in Delaware.

You must submit:

The following rules also apply:

  • The Board office will only issue your temporary license when it has received all required documentation other than verification of your passing exam scores.
  • The temporary license is issued for three months. The Board must approve any extension.

If you fail the exam, the temporary license will expire immediately.


Reciprocity Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the Requirements for All Applicants section, you must submit the following in DELPROS:

  • Your national examination scores, sent directly to the Board office from one of the following:
    • Your original state of licensure, or
    • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) – see Score Transfer Service.
  • Proof that you have completed two hours of training in ethics related to the practice of physical therapy.


Reinstatement or Reapplication Applicants

Whether you can reinstate your license or you must reapply for licensure depends on how long your license has expired. Use the following table to determine if you must reinstate or reapply. The following is required in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applicants section above:

  • Proof of the required continuing education units (CEUs) completed during the previous 24 months prior of reinstating or reapplying. You must enter your CEUs into the DELPROS CE Tracker from your e-License Dashboard in DELPROS.
IF your license is expired and it has been … THEN you must… AND provide proof of…
less than five years from the license expiration date reinstate your license 3.0 CEUs to include 0.2 units of Ethics.
five years or more after the license expiration date and you do NOT hold an active license in another jurisdiction reapply for your license 3.0 CEUs to include 0.2 units of Ethics.
five or more years after the license expiration date and you HOLD an active license in another jurisdiction only 0.2 units of Ethics.

 


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