PHYSICAL THERAPISTS FROM SEVERAL COUNTRIES TO BE BARRED FROM TAKING US LICENSING EXAM

Posted on: July 12th, 2010
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The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy made the stunning announcement today that it will bar graduates of PT programs in India, Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines.

In response to pervasive, ongoing security breaches by significant numbers of graduates of physical therapy schools from certain foreign countries, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT or Federation) will suspend National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) testing for all graduates of schools located in those countries, pending the development of a separate, secure exam for those graduates (to be called the NPTE-YRLY). The affected individuals will include all ates of physical therapy schools in Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

As a result, new registrations for both the PT and PTA versions of the NPTE have been suspended as of 11:59 PM, Sunday, July 11, 2010, for all graduates of physical therapy programs located in Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines. Testing will resume once development of the NPTE-YRLY has been completed. The Federation expects to launch the NPTE-YRLY in or about the fall of 2011. Currently, the Federation intends to offer the NPTE-YRLY once per year, at select test sites to be identified at a later date.