In order to be licensed to practice as a physical therapist in any one of the 53 jurisdictions in the United States, a candidate must take and pass the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE).

The PT examination consists of 225 items and the PTA examination consists of 175 items. These examinations were developed to measure knowledge and abilities required of entry-level physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.


  • Obtain registration materials from the licensing authority of the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure. Some jurisdictions allow online registration.
  • If you have a documented disability, you may request special accommodations to take the examination. Contact the licensing authority in the jurisdiction in which you are seeking licensure for details. You must request special accommodations at the time you register.
  • Return completed registration materials, along with payment, to the appropriate organization as identified on the instructions you received from the licensing authority. If either the scannable registration or payment form is incomplete, it will be returned to you. If you register online, you will not need to complete the scannable registration form or payment form.

    NPTE Exam

  • The jurisdiction licensing authority will approve your eligibility and notify FSBPT.
  • FSBPT will send you an "Authorization to Test" letter containing instructions on how to schedule an appointment with Prometric.
  • Schedule an appointment for the examination with Prometric. You may schedule your appointment with Prometric by calling the number given in your "Authorization to Test" letter or you may schedule online.
  • Sit for the examination at your chosen Prometric testing site. You must sit for the examination within your 60-day eligibility period as indicated on the "Authorization-to-Test" letter provided by FSBPT. If you do not sit for the examination or withdraw your registration within these 60 days, you will be removed from the eligibility list and will be required to begin the registration process again.

Test Preparation Resources:

NPTE Study Guide
NPTE Flashcards
Free PT Practice

Last Updated: 05/21/2014