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The Physical Therapy Compact - to help with multi-state licensure

The PT Compact is an agreement between member states to improve access to physical therapy services for the public by increasing the mobility of eligible physical therapy providers to work in multiple states.

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) created a new evidence-based module for PT educators to use with their students. Learn more in this June 14 FSBPT webinar.

See more FSBPT guidance for applying for a PT state license.

Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP)

In 2018, ACAPT members approved the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP) motion; AAP is provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to help ease the administrative burden during the initial processes of students entering the PT community.

Under AAP:

  • When an applicant who is a graduate of a CAPTE-accredited program in a state that follows AAP registers for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), FSBPT will make the candidate eligible to sit for the NPTE provided that the candidate meets all NPTE eligibility requirements.

  • FSBPT also handles the review of all requests for testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Learn more about the Alternate Approval Pathway on the FSBPT site.

Contact FSBPT if your jurisdiction is interested in opting into AAP.

Assisting your students with the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) 

Check out the Center for Excellence in Academic Physical Therapy


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