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Licensure Requirements

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Index

Initial Licensure
National Physical Therapist Examination
Maryland State Jurisprudence Examination
Reinstatement of Licensure
Applicant Special Accommodations Request

For questions or problems regarding your PT or PTA license, please email  the Licensing Coordinator, Deborah Jackson at deborah.jackson@maryland.gov

Initial Licensure

Licensure by Examination: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated
Licensure by Endorsement: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Endorsement: Foreign Educated
Licensure by Transfer: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Transfer: Foreign Educated

Licensure by Examination: U.S Graduates

  1. Completed Application Form and Exam Questionnaire.
  2. Application fee of $150 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
     
  3. Post-graduation transcripts sent to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office.
     
  4. FSBPT will notify the Maryland Board electronically of your registration.(Go online to www.fsbpt.org) When your application is complete, the Board will notify FSBPT to authorize you to sit for the examination. Effective October 1, 2008 FSBPT will no longer accept checks. All payments must be by credit card or debit card. Examination scores are sent electronically to the Board Office. The Board will notify you of your score. Do not call or e-mail the office regarding score reports. Scores are only available through the post mail.
     
  5. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.

Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated

Applicants are not required to have a social security number to apply for licensure, but MUST have a social security number in order to be licensed. AIN numbers are no longer being accepted on advise of the Attorney Generals’ office. You can be approved to sit for the exams, however that approval does not render one eligible for licensure if the applicant can’t meet the other criteria.

Federal regulations (45 CFR 61.7) require the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy to report a licensee’s Social Security number when making reports to the Federal Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). Therefore all applicants for licensure are required to submit a social security number.

The Board of Physical Therapy is unable to issue a license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the State of Maryland until submission of the social security number. The Board will send a letter to foreign educated applicants letting the applicant know that they will be eligible to receive a Maryland license once the applicant has furnished the Board their social security number. Once the Board receives that number, you will be issued a license to practice in the State of Maryland.

  1. Completed Application Form and Exam Questionnaire.
  2. Application fee of $150 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
  3. Evaluation of educational credentials sent directly to this office from one of the following acceptable credentials agencies:

    Foreign Credential Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
    124 West Street South, 3rd Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314 
    (703) 684-8406

    International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
    10801 Starkey Road
    Suite 104
    Seminole, FL 33777
    (727) 549-8555

    International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
    Division of CGFNS International
    P.O. Box 8629
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
    (215) 222-8454 Ext. 603 (Lines open M-F from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time)
    E-mail: icdeval.com

    International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    (310)-258-9451

  4. Evidence of Registration for the National Physical Therapy Exam. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org)
    The FSBPT will keep your registration in a queue. When your application is complete and approved, the Maryland Board office will notify FSBPT to authorize you to sit for the examination. Examination scores are sent electronically to this office. Do not call or e-mail this office regarding score reports. We will mail the results to you. Scores are only available through the mail.
  5. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  6. Evidence of oral competency in the English language. If not taught in English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language will be required (TOEFL). See below:
    Implementation of TOEFL in Licensing:

    Background – The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has developed and certified an internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). It contains four sections; writing, speaking, listening and reading. Standards for passing each of the sections have been established by several certification and licensing organizations including the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). The scales (range of numbers used) differs between sections, making a direct comparison of sections inappropriate. For example, a score of 20 in one section is not equal in any manner to a score of 20 in another section.

    Policy – In using TOEFL as one of the criteria in qualifying foreign-educated physical therapists for whom English is not their primary language applying for licensure in Maryland, the Board has adopted the following minimum or cut scores in each of the four sections:

                Writing - 24        Speaking - 26   Listening - 18    Reading – 21

    Note: The Board has adopted these minimum cut scores for each section. The Board has not adopted the total score.

    Review – It is anticipated that the cut scores for each section of the test may change from time to time as experience with tests develop. It is expected that FSBPT will advise the Board of any future changes in the cut scores at which time the Board can vote on these changes and will advise applicants. 

  7. If you are "Conditionally Approved" and have not held licensure anywhere for 3 years or more, then you will need to proceed as a new graduate applicant. You will be required to re-take the national licensure examination. 

Licensure by Endorsement: U.S Graduates

Applicant must have a current license in another state

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. Application fee of $150 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
     
  3. Copy of current out of state physical therapy license showing expiration date.
  4. Verification of out of state license. Download Out-of-State Verification Form
  5. Post-graduation transcripts sent to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office.
  6. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  7. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
    .

Licensure by Endorsement: Foreign Educated

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. Application fee of $150 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
     
  3. Copy of current out of state physical therapy license showing expiration date.
  4. Verification of out of state license. Download Out-of-State Verification Form
  5. Proof of competency in English language (either recent TOEFL scores, a transcript from a physical therapy program completed in the U.S., or Oral Competency Certification from PT school).
  6. Credentials evaluation report for the State of Maryland from an approved credentialing agency. (see listing above under Licensure by Exam – Foreign Educated).
  7. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  8. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.

Licensure by Transfer: U.S Graduates

Applicants that registered to take or have taken the National Physical Therapy Examination in another state but did not obtain licensure in that state

  1. Completed Application Form and Exam Questionnaire.
  2. Application fee of $150 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
  3. Post-graduation transcripts sent to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office.
  4. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  5. Signed and dated statement that you do not hold a physical therapist license in any state
  6. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.

Licensure by Transfer: Foreign Educated

If you are foreign educated and applying by transfer of examination scores, we will need your credentials evaluation report for the State of Maryland and evidence of oral competency in the English language sent directly to this office.

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National Physical Therapy Examination

To register for the exam or to transfer scores visit The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Prometric Policy Changes – Effective February 1, 2008, Prometric will begin charging a fee of $25.00 to any candidate who reschedules or cancels their examination appointment 3 to 29 days prior to their scheduled test date. Candidates may cancel or reschedule their appointment 30 or more days prior to the examination date at no charge. As in the past, no changes to a scheduled appointment can be made without at least 48 hours notice to Prometric.

Maryland State Jurisprudence Examination

COMAR 10.38.01 - General Regulations require that all applicants for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must achieve a passing score on an examination on the Maryland State Physical Therapy Laws and Regulations.

The examination is  "open book" and, it is intended that each candidate complete it individually, without receiving aid from any other person.

The board will send the MD Jurisprudence Exam (Law Exam) to licensure applicants, as a PDF attachment to an acknowledgement e-mail, upon receipt of a paid application.

Reinstatement of Licesure

 

Within 3 years of expiration of license and NEVER licensed in another state

 

  1. Completed Reinstatement Application. 
  2. Reinstatement fee of $400 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)  
  3. Copies of Continuing Education Certificates for courses taken within past 2 years. That is, 30 contact hours or 3.0 CEUS for a physical therapist or 20 contact hours or 2.0 CEUS for a physical therapist assistant.
  4. Signed and dated statement as to whether or not applicant has continued to practice in Maryland after expiration of the  license.

Maryland license lapsed AND Applicant has a current out-of-state license

  1. Completed Reinstatement Application.
  2. Reinstatement fee of $400 (check or money order only, payable to the Board of Physical Therapy)
  3. Copies of Continuing Education Certificates for courses taken within past 2 years. That is 30 contact hours or 3.0 CEUS for a physical therapist or 20 contact hours or 2.0 CEUS for a physical therapist assistant.
  4. Copy of current out of state physical therapy license showing expiration date.
  5. Verification of out of state license. Download Out-of-State Verification Form
  6. Signed and dated statement as to whether or not applicant has continued to practice in Maryland after expiration of the license

 

Maryland license lapsed AFTER Three Years and Applicant hasn't held a license in any state for more than 3 years.

If you have not held licensure anywhere for 3 years or more, then you will need to proceed as a new graduate applicant. You will be required to re-take the national licensure examination.

You are also required to have a verification sent from the last state where you were licensed. You will receive the same license number you had previously. Follow the instructions under

Licensure by Examination.

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          Applicant Special Accommodations Request

POLICY ON REVIEWING REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) TO THE NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT EXAMINATION

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and instructions for reviewing requests for accommodations to the National Physical Therapy Examinations in order to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided the protections guaranteed to them under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DEFINITION:

Physical impairment is defined by the ADA as: Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.

Mental impairment is defined by the ADA as: Any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

POLICY:

It is the policy of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy (‘Board”) to approve accommodation requests when the examination candidate demonstrates he or she has a qualifying disability. The cost of the accommodation is borne by the Maryland Board. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Reconsideration of a decision is permitted if the applicant can show evidence of new or additional information that is pertinent to their prior request but was omitted from the original request. The appeal must be made within thirty days of the denial.

Confidentiality Statement – The Board and staff shall maintain confidentiality of all medical and diagnostic information and records by securely containing such records in locked file cabinets. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy shall have access to the records. The information will not be released to a third party unless a written authorization is provided by the applicant.

PROCEDURES:

A request for special accommodations MUST accompany the application for licensure by examination. The following supporting documents are required, if applicable:

  • Proof that the student had special accommodations during physical therapy programs studies and testing
  • History of the disability: an individualized Education Plan (IEP) is NOT sufficient documentation alone, but may be considered as part of the information provided
  • Identification of specific standardized and professionally recognized test/assessments given (Woodcock-Johnson, Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale) and the resulting diagnostic report that includes a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, information processing and a diagnosis
  • Diagnostic report including specific recommendations for accommodations supported by the specific test results and clinical observations, which are no more than three years old
  • Document outlining the credentials of the professional providing the evaluation must include the professional’s qualifications to diagnose and treat the specified disability. Documentation is to be submitted on professional letterhead, typed signed and dated. The signature must include the evaluator’s name, title and professional credentials. The Board will accept evaluations from the following professionals:
    • Licensed physicians
    • Licensed psychologists who practice in the field of performing evaluations for assessing individuals for mental disorders that might impact those person’s academic or testing performance.

Board Determination: Once the individual is determined to be covered under the ADA, then the requested accommodation will be considered in terms of whether:

§         The accommodation requested will fundamentally alter the examination

§         The accommodation is appropriate to the identified need

§         The accommodation is reasonable

§         The request is within the parameters of the ADA’s requirements

TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS:

Requests for additional time will generally be granted at time and a half, i.e, an applicant will be allowed 6 hours to complete a 4 hour test.

Requests for separate rooms will be granted if they are available at the test site.

Individual readers or other auxiliary aids will be provided if necessary and approved.

Please complete the Applicant Special Accommodations Request

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