Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy means the evaluation, treatment and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain from injury, disease and any other bodily condition; the administration, interpretation and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures for the purpose of treatment planning; the planning, administration, evaluation and modification of treatment and instruction; and the use of physical agents and procedures, activities and devices for preventive and therapeutic purposes; and the provision of consultative, educational and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction and pain.

 

Application to Qualify for the PTA Examination

Fees
  • Examination Qualification Fee: $25.00
Term
  • Annual
  • March 31st
Requirements

General requirements for all applicants

  • Completed initial application to include:
    • Completed Application and fee
    • Official Transcripts or Letter of Intent to Graduate which states you have met the requirements of the degree which qualifies you for the examination
    • Supervisor's affidavit form (if applicable)

 

Education

  • Be a graduate of an educational program for the physical therapist assistant that is accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Commissioner of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation, or both, and approved by the board; or if the applicant has been trained in another country, present satisfactory evidence that the applicant has graduated from a school of physical therapy approved or accredited in the country where the school is located and have educational credentials equivalent to those of the United States trained physical therapist assistant.
  • Applicants trained in another country must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Examination Fees
    • Paid directly to the FSBPT. For further information, go to www.fsbpt.org
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This application is solely for determining your eligibility and to qualify you for for an exam. It does not qualify you for licensure at this time.

You will be required to submit a separate application for licensure once you have passed the PTA examination.

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Application for the PTA License (after passing the required examination)

Fees
  • License fee: $30.00
  • Criminal background check fee: $21.00
Term
  • Annual
  • March 31st
Requirements

General Requirements for All Applicants

Completed initial application to include:

  • Completed Application and fee
  • Reference Form
  • Verification of licensure (if applicable)
  • Official transcript if not submitted with applicaiton to qualify for examination

Examination

  • Pass an examination, approved by the board, to determine the applicant's fitness to practice as a physical therapist assistant. The board may waive the examination requirement for an applicant who is currently licensed in another state by virtue of having previously passed a qualifying examination acceptable to the board, provided that the passing standards for the examination were equivalent to those then required by the law of this State.
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Renewal fees and information

Fees
  • Annual renewal fee is $30.00
Terms
  • This license renews annually on March 31.
Requirements
  • Renewal applications received after the expiration date will require a late fee of $50.00. An individual who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants under this chapter, except that the board may, in its discretion and giving due consideration to the protection of the public, waive examination if that renewal application is made within 2 years from the date of that expiration.The ninety day extended renewal period should not in any way be construed to permit the practice of chiropractic after the date of expiration.
  • Renewal reminders are mailed approximately 60 days prior to the license expiration date.
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  • Fill out the online renewal application and submit.

    The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

 

Last Updated: May 2, 2014