How to Become a Physical Therapy Assistant: Education & Licensing

Learn how to become a physical therapy assistant by completing the education and licensing requirements in your state.
Compare physical therapy assistant schools  

How To Become a Physical Therapist Assistant

A guide on how to become a physical therapist assistantBecoming a PTA may not be considered easy, but it is most definitely considered rewarding by all. You can become a physical therapist assistant in as little as 2 years, after completing 5 semesters of an accredited associate degree program, and then you can be earning an average salary of $57,750.

So, you are asking “How to become a physical therapist assistant?” and make over $57K annually?

Well, we put together this guide to becoming a PTA to explain the exact steps that you need to take to get started on your way to becoming a licensed physical therapy assistant.

How to Become a PTA

Generally speaking, to become a PTA all that is required is obtaining a PTA associate degree from an accredited program, passing the national license or certification exam, and then finding your PTA job. However, to make planning and completing these processes easier, we have broken down our guide into 7 steps to become a PTA. Before we get started with the guide, I want to make a distinction between PT Assistants and PT Aides.

Aides are not required to have more than a high school diploma and are trained on the job over a 3 month to 1 year period. Physical therapy aides work under the supervision of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. They must be strong and fit to help assist patients with their therapy exercises, while also possessing strong communication and organizational skills to record, monitor, and express patient progress to colleagues, patients, and patient family members.

How to Become a Physical Therapy Assistant in 7 steps

1.) Obtain a high school diploma or GED

You are required to have this part of your education completed before you can move forward with the other steps. Having an interest in science and anatomy classes is a good indication that you may be a good fit to become a PTA. Also, working a summer internship or job in a health or science-focused role would help you tremendously as you proceed in your education and career as a PTA.

2.) Apply to a CAPTE accredited PTA program

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is responsible for accrediting PTA programs. Before applying, learn what to look for in a PTA program and then do your research before choosing a PTA school.

3.) Complete your PTA degree

Accredited PTA schools offer 5 semesters (2 years) associate degree programs consisting of 75% coursework and 25% clinical work. Classes include anatomy, kinesiology, medical terminology, pathology, therapy exercises, and assistance techniques.

4.) Complete 16 weeks of clinical practicum training

This must be performed under a licensed physical therapist.

5.) Get your state PTA license

Colorado and Hawaii are the only states that do not require a license to perform PTA work. For all other states, you must either choose to take a state-specific exam or the national physical therapy exam if you want to work in multiple states. Find your State’s PTA License requirements and application form, down below.

6.) Apply for PTA Jobs

Once you are licensed, you are eligible to work. Now it is time to apply for PTA jobs. Searching for a PTA job online is a good start, but you should also consider contacting hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and elderly care facilities for open PTA positions. Learn about where PTAs work.

7.) Maintain your license by continuing your education

Continuing education credits are required to maintain your state certification. Your employer can help you find local classes and physical therapy conferences that will offer these credits.


That is it! We hope you found our 7 step guide on how to become a physical therapist assistant useful. For help getting started on becoming a PTA you may want to look into physical therapy assistant schools online or a local accredited PTA program. Already have your associate’s degree? Then consider becoming a DPT through a PTA to DPT bridge program.

If you still aren’t sure that becoming a physical therapy assistant is for you then check out all of the specific physical therapy assistant requirements for completing a degree and also look into how much a physical therapist assistant salary is.


State PTA License Requirements

Physical therapist assistant licenses are earned at the state level. So, each state has its own rules and guidelines for applying and receiving a physical therapy assistant license. Most states have a Physical Therapy Board, or something similar, that regulates applications for PTA licensing.

One thing in common among all states, except for Colorado and Hawaii, is that to work as a PTA you must have your state PTA license. However, Hawaii and Colorado offer state PTA licenses, even though they aren’t required to work in those states.

To learn more about the general requirements of a physical therapist assistant, such as PTA program requirements, clinical hours required, general student and career responsibilities and skills needed by a physical therapy assistant, then see What Are Physical Therapy Assistant Requirements?

Click on a state to learn the state’s PTA licensing requirements, download License Applications, Find PT Board contact info, and more.

Click any of the states below to view licensing and education requirements.
 


PTA Licensing in Alabama

PTA in Alabama

All PTA licensing in Alabama is regulated by the State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Alabama.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Alabama?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript and Certification of Physical Therapy Education (CPTE) to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $110
Complete Citizen Verification FormYes
Have 2 Character Reference Forms provided by professional colleaguesYes
Pass jurisprudence examYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeYes, $50
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $370

Alabama PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Alabama, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Alabama PTA Board Contact Info

STATE OF ALABAMA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
100 No. Union Street, Suite 724
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-5040
Phone Numbers and Email
(334) 242-4064
(888) 726-9743
info@pt.alabama.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Arizona

PTA in Arizona

All PTA licensing in Arizona is regulated by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Arizona.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Arizona?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript from Accredited PTA Program to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board (if not included with Citizen Ship Form)Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $300
Complete Arizona Statement of Citizenship or Alien Status for State Public BenefitsYes
Complete Good Moral Character QuestionsYes
Pass jurisprudence examYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeYes, $75
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $370

Arizona PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Arizona, see the board’s Applicant resources. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Arizona PTA Board Contact Info

ARIZONA STATE BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
4205 N. 7th Ave, Ste 208
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone Numbers and Email
(602) 297-0236
(888) 726-9743
karen.donahue@ptboard.az.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Arkansas

PTA in Arkansas

All PTA licensing in Arkansas is regulated by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Arkansas.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Arkansas.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Arkansas?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript directly from Accredited PTA Program to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board (part of License Application)Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $110
Pass jurisprudence examYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeYes, $10
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $370

Arkansas PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Arkansas, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Arkansas PTA Board Contact Info

ARKANSAS STATE BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
9 Shackleford Plaza, Suite 3
Little Rock, AR 72211
Phone Numbers and Email
(501) 228-7100
 


PTA Licensing in California

PTA in California

The Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) regulates all PTA license applicants through their website. Like other states, you must first graduate from an accredited PTA program before applying for your PTA license in California. Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements before applying or else you will not be refunded your application fees.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in California.

Steps to Become a PTA in California

  1. Graduate from an accredited PTA program
  2. Obtain a P1E form which is a certificate of completion from your PTA program and keep it in its sealed envelope
  3. CA residents must obtain Live Scan Finger Print Processing and submit their results to the PTBC (Out of state residents see fingerprinting instructions here)
  4. Apply for your CA PTA license and submit your P1E form ($125 application fee + $49 for non CA residents fingerprinting see fees)
  5. Take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) ($425.60 exam fee see exam registration info)
  6. Take and pass the California Law Examination (CLE) a one hour multiple choice exam ($50 exam fee)
  7. Expect your exam scores within 30 days and then your PTA license to be processed and mailed within 45 days of the exam scores being published

California PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in California, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: View the disability accommodations form if you have testing disabilities and need special accommodations.

Obtaining your CA PTA license by exam is the most common method of becoming a licensed PTA in California. It is important to prepare for the exam sufficiently because you can only take the exam 3 times during a 12 month period.

California PTA Study Guides for NPTE and CLE Exams

Physical Therapy Board of California Contact Info

Physical Therapy Board of California

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350

Sacramento, CA 95815

Telephone: (916) 561-8200

Fax: (916) 263-2560

Hearing-impaired persons may call TDD (800) 326-2297

 


PTA Licensing in Colorado

PTA in Colorado

Although obtaining a PTA license is not a requirement to work in Colorado as a physical therapist assistant, a license is available and all PTA licensing in Colorado is regulated by the Colorado State Board of Physical Therapy.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Colorado.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Colorado?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript directly from Accredited PTA Program to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $57
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Colorado PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Colorado, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Colorado PTA Board Contact Info

Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations
Office of Licensing—Physical Therapy
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone Numbers and Email
(303) 894-7800
dora_physicaltherapyboard@state.co.us
 


PTA Licensing in Connecticut

PTA in Connecticut

All PTA licensing in Connecticut is regulated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Connecticut.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Connecticut.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Connecticut?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete and notarize PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $190 payable to the Treasurer, State of Connecticut
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Connecticut PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Connecticut, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Connecticut PTA Board Contact Info

Connecticut Department of Public Health
PTA Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134

Phone Numbers and Email

(860) 509-7603
oplc.dph@po.state.ct.us

 


PTA Licensing in Delaware

PTA in Delaware

All PTA licensing in Delaware is regulated by the Delaware Board of Physical Therapists. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Delaware.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Delaware.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Delaware?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete and notarize PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $148 payable to the State of Delaware
Criminal History Record Check Authorization formYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Delaware PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Delaware, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Delaware PTA Board Contact Info

Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers
Cannon Building , Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover DE 19904

Phone Numbers and Email
(302) 744-4500
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us
 


PTA Licensing in Florida

PTA in Florida

The Florida Board of Physical Therapy (FBPT) regulates all applicants for Florida PTA Licenses. There are two ways to apply to become a licensed Florida PTA. The first is to apply by examination and the second is to apply by endorsement. Most people will need to apply by examination, but those who have already passed the NPTE and already hold a PTA license in another state may apply by endorsement.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Florida.

Steps to Becoming a PTA in Florida

After completing a 2 year accredited PTA program here are the steps to obtain your PTA license in Florida:

  1. Contact your PTA school’s registrar office and have them send an official transcript or letter of completion to the FBPT (Transcripts will be required before a license can be issued but the letter of completion will allow you to take the NPTE exam)
  2. Complete the Florida PTA licensure application ($180 application fee. Applications are reviewed within 15 days and a status update will be provided by email and mail)
  3. Pass the Florida Laws and Rules Exam or Jurisprudence Exam ($65 fee)
  4. Register with the FSBPT for the NPTE exam ($485 fee)
  5. Once you are approved for testing you will be sent the Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from the FSBPT which gives you instructions for scheduling your exam
  6. Schedule and pass your NPTE exam
  7. NPTE exam scores are received 7 days after the test is taken, and processed during the next 4

Total Cost of PTA License in Florida = $180 application fee + $50 exam fee + $485 exam fee = $600 in fees

Florida PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Florida, see the board’s licensing info. To apply online, click the icon to the right.

Florida Physical Therapy Board Contact Info

 


PTA Licensing in Georgia

PTA in Georgia

All PTA licensing in Georgia is regulated by the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Georgia.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Georgia.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Georgia?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete and notarize PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $75
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Georgia PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Georgia, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Georgia PTA Board Contact Info

Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Phone Numbers and Email
(478) 207-2440
 


PTA Licensing in Hawaii

PTA in Hawaii

Although obtaining a PTA license is not a requirement to work in Hawaii as a physical therapist assistant, a license is available and all PTA licensing in Hawaii is regulated by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Professional and Vocational Licensing. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Hawaii.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Hawaii.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Hawaii?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $300 ($50 is non-refundable for the application, the other $250 is refunded if you don’t receive a license
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Hawaii PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Hawaii, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Hawaii PTA Board Contact Info

DCCA-PVL
Att: PT
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone Numbers and Email
(808) 586-2701
phys_therapy@dcca.hawaii.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Idaho

PTA in Idaho

All PTA licensing in Idaho is regulated by the Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Idaho.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Idaho.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Idaho?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Send Passport Style Photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $65
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay non-refundable exam feeNo
Provide 2 professional experience referencesYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Idaho PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Idaho, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Idaho PTA Board Contact Info

IDAHO PHYSICAL THERAPY LICENSURE BOARD

BUREAU OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES

700 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720

Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

Phone Numbers and Email

(208) 334-3233
pht@ibol.idaho.gov

 


PTA Licensing in Illinois

PTA in Illinois

All PTA licensing in Illinois is regulated by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Illinois.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Illinois?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript Directly from School to State PT BoardYes

Evaluation of your education by the Foreign Credentialing Commission

on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)

Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $100
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Illinois PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Illinois, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Illinois PTA Board Contact Info

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
ATTN: Division of Professional Regulation
P.O. Box 7007
Springfield, IL 62791

Phone Numbers and Email
1-800-560-6420
 


PTA Licensing in Indiana

PTA in Indiana

All PTA licensing in Indiana is regulated by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Indiana.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Indiana.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Indiana?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $100 payable to “the Professional Licensing Agency
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Indiana PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Indiana, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Indiana PTA Board Contact Info

Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Physical Therapy Committee
402 W Washington St, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone Numbers and Email
317-234-8800
pla14@pla.in.gov


PTA Licensing in Iowa

PTA in Iowa

All PTA licensing in Iowa is regulated by the Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Iowa.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Iowa.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Iowa?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $120
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Iowa PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Iowa, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Iowa PTA Board Contact Info

Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone Numbers and Email
(515) 281-4413
venus.vendoures-walsh@idph.iowa.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Kansas

PTA in Kansas

All PTA licensing in Kansas is regulated by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Kansas.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Kansas.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Kansas?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcript Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $80
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Kansas PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Kansas, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Kansas PTA Board Contact Info

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
800 SW Jackson
Lower Level-Suite A.
TOPEKA KS 66612

Phone Numbers and Email
(785) 296-7413
1-888-886-7205
Nichole.Schlesener@ks.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Kentucky

PTA in Kentucky

All PTA licensing in Kentucky is regulated by the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Kentucky.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Kentucky.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Kentucky?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Certification of Completion of Education Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $225
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Kentucky PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Kentucky, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Kentucky PTA Board Contact Info

KY Board of Physical Therapy
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 102
Louisville, Kentucky 40222
Phone Numbers and Email
(502) 429-7140
ScottD.Majors@ky.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Louisiana

PTA in Louisiana

All PTA licensing in Louisiana is regulated by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Louisiana.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Louisiana.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Louisiana?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Certification of Completion of Education Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board (with application)Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $250 (Or pay $315 for 2 yeas)
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Louisiana PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Louisiana, see the board’s Application instructions. To download a checklist for getting your license, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Louisiana PTA Board Contact Info

Louisiana Physical Therapy Board
2110 West Pinhook Road
Suite 202
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone Numbers and Email
(337) 262-1043
info@laptboard.org
 


PTA Licensing in Maine

PTA in Maine

All PTA licensing in Maine is regulated by the State of Maine Professional and Fnancial Regulation.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Maine.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Maine?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Certification of Completion of Education Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board (with application)Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $200 (Or pay $315 for 2 yeas)
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Maine PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Maine, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Maine PTA Board Contact Info

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone Numbers and Email
(207) 624-8620
physicalthrpy.lic@maine.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Maryland

PTA in Maryland

All PTA licensing in Maryland is regulated by the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Maryland.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Maryland.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Maryland?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board (with application)Yes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $150
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Maryland PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Maryland, see the board’s Application instructions. To see instructions and apply online, click the icon to the right.

Maryland PTA Board Contact Info

Licensing Administrator
Maryland Board of
Physical Therapy Examiners
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299

Phone Numbers and Email
(410) 767-6500
1-877-463-3464
mdh.bphte@maryland.gov

 


PTA Licensing in Massachusetts

PTA in Massachusetts

All PTA licensing in Massachusetts is regulated by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR). However, they utilize a private company to manage their application process, Professional Credential Services is the company you will work with to obtain your PTA license in MA.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Massachusetts.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Massachusetts?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to Professional Credential ServicesYes
Complete PTA License Application through Professional Credential ServicesYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $226
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Massachusetts PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Massachusetts, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Massachusetts PTA Contact Info
Phone: (617) 727-0054
Contact PCS for all applications and testing information at:
Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS)
Tel. 877-887-9727 (toll free)
or 615-880-4225
Website: www.pcshq.com
 


PTA Licensing in Michigan

PTA in Michigan

All PTA licensing in Michigan is regulated by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Michigan.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Michigan.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Michigan?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $119
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Michigan PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Michigan, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Michigan PTA Board Contact Info

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Health Care Services
Board of Physical Therapy
PO Box 30670
Lansing MI 48909
Phone Numbers and Email
(517) 335-0918
 


PTA Licensing in Minnesota

PTA in Minnesota

All PTA licensing in Minnesota is regulated by the Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Minnesota.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Minnesota.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Minnesota?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Provide 2 recommendations forms completed by registered Physical TherapistsYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $243
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Minnesota PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Minnesota, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Minnesota PTA Board Contact Info

MINNESOTA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
UNIVERSITY PARK PLAZA
2829 UNIVERSITY AVENUE SE, SUITE 420
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 55414-3245
Phone Numbers and Email
612-627-5406
Physical.Therapy@state.mn.us
 


PTA Licensing in Mississippi

PTA in Mississippi

All PTA licensing in Mississippi is regulated by the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Mississippi.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Mississippi.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Mississippi?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application, license, exam processing, and fingerprint processing feesYes, $125, $125, $50, & $50 ($350 total) payable to Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy (MSBPT)
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Mississippi PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Mississippi, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Mississippi PTA Board Contact Info

Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 55707
Jackson, MS 39296-5707
Phone Numbers and Email
(601) 352-2918
 


PTA Licensing in Missouri

PTA in Missouri

All PTA licensing in Missouri is regulated by the Missouri Advisory Commission for Professional Physical Therapists. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Missouri.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Missouri.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Missouri?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable exam feeYes, $65
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Missouri PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Missouri, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Missouri PTA Board Contact Info

STATE BOARD OF REGISTRATION FOR THE HEALING ARTS
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0004
Phone Numbers and Email
573-751-0098
866-289-5753 TOLL FREE
licensure@pr.mo.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Montana

PTA in Montana

All PTA licensing in Montana is regulated by the Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Montana.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Montana.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Montana?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $100 payable to the Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Complete Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Montana PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Montana, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Montana PTA Board Contact Info

MONTANA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINERS
PO BOX 200513
301 SOUTH PARK, 4th FLOOR
HELENA, MONTANA 59620-0513
Phone Numbers and Email
(406) 841-2202
dlibsdptp@mt.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Nebraska

PTA in Nebraska

All PTA licensing in Nebraska is regulated by the Nebraska Division of Public Health. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Nebraska.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Nebraska.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Nebraska?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardNo
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $90
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeYes, $50
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Nebraska PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Nebraska, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Nebraska PTA Board Contact Info

Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
Rehab Section
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Phone Numbers and Email
(402) 471-2299
dlibsdptp@mt.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Nevada

PTA in Nevada

All PTA licensing in Nevada is regulated by the Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Nevada

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Nevada.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Nevada?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Provide 3 professional referencesYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $225 payable to the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Nevada PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Nevada, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Nevada PTA Board Contact Info

Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy
3291 North Buffalo Drive Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Phone Numbers and Email
(702) 876-5535
ptapplication@govmail.state.nv.us
 


PTA Licensing in New Hampshire

PTA in New Hampshire

All PTA licensing in New Hampshire is regulated by the New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board . Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New Hampshire.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New Hampshire.

PTA License Requirement
Required in New Hampshire?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Provide 3 professional referencesYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $110
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

New Hampshire PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in New Hampshire, see the board’s Application instructions. To request an application online, click the icon to the right.

New Hampshire PTA Board Contact Info

Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals
Philbrook Building
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone Numbers and Email
603-271-8389
billie.richardson@oplc.nh.gov
 


PTA Licensing in New Jersey

PTA in New Jersey

New Jersey Physical Therapy Assistant licensing is regulated by the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Like other states, you must first complete an accredited PTA program before applying for your PTA license in New Jersey.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New Jersey.

P.O. Box 45014
Newark, N.J. 07101

  • Complete your application and send it along with a nonrefundable check or money order in the amount of $125.00 to the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners” at the same address as above
  • Include a Passport style photo with your application
  • Complete and return the Jurisprudence and Law Examination included with your application packet
  • Complete the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)

New Jersey PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in New Jersey, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

 

New Jersey PT Board Contact Info
Phone: (973) 504-6455
Email: physicaltherapy@dca.lps.state.nj.us


PTA Licensing in New Mexico

PTA in New Mexico

All PTA licensing in New Mexico is regulated by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New Mexico.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New Mexico.

PTA License Requirement
Required in New Mexico?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send official transcript to State PT BoardYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $250
Pass jurisprudence examYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeYes, $25
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

New Mexico PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in New Mexico, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

New Mexico PTA Board Contact Info

 


PTA Licensing in New York

PTA in New York

Using the title “Physical Therapist Assistant” in New York requires a state licensure which is regulated by the Office of the Professions within the NYS Education Department.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in New York.

New York PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in New York, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

In order to become a certified Physical Therapist Assistant in New York State you must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years old
  • have good moral character
  • graduate from an accredited PTA program and meet all education and NPTE requirements
  • file an application for certification and pay the application fee ($103 application fee)

Steps to Become a PTA in New York

Mail Form 2 To:

NYS Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Physical Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000

Mail Form 1 and Payment To:
NYS Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
PO Box 22063
Albany, New York 12201

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have testing disabilities and require special testing accommodations then see the testing accommodations page for New York.
New York PT Board Contact Info
Phone: (518) 474-3817 x180
Email: PTBD@mail.nysed.gov

 


PTA Licensing in North Carolina

PTA in North Carolina

All PTA licensing in North Carolina is regulated by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners . Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in North Carolina.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in North Carolina.

PTA License Requirement
Required in North Carolina?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Provide 2 professional referencesYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $150
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

North Carolina PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in North Carolina, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

North Carolina PTA Board Contact Info

N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
8300 Health Park
Suite 233
Raleigh, NC 27615
Phone Numbers and Email
(919)490-6393
angela.licensing@ncptboard.org
 


PTA Licensing in Ohio

PTA in Ohio

All PTA licensing in Ohio is regulated by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board Licensing . Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Ohio.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Ohio.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Ohio?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $100 payable to “Ohio Treasurer of State
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Ohio PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Ohio, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Ohio PTA Board Contact Info

Jeffrey M. Rosa, Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Phone Numbers and Email
(614) 466-3774
board@otptat.ohio.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Oklahoma

PTA in Oklahoma

All PTA licensing in Oklahoma is regulated by the Oklahoma Medical Board. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Oklahoma.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Oklahoma.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Oklahoma?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $135
Pass Jurisprudence ExamNo
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Oklahoma PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Oklahoma, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Oklahoma PTA Board Contact Info

Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
P. O. Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154-0256
Phone Numbers and Email
(405) 962-1400
licensing@okmedicalboard.org
 


PTA Licensing in Oregon

PTA in Oregon

All PTA licensing in Oregon is regulated by the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Oregon.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Oregon.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Oregon?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $162
Pass Jurisprudence ExamYes
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Oregon PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Oregon, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Oregon PTA Board Contact Info

Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232-2187
Phone Numbers and Email
971-673-0200
 


PTA Licensing in Pennsylvania

PTA in Pennsylvania

All PTA licensing in Pennsylvania is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Pennsylvania.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Pennsylvania.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Pennsylvania?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardNo
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $30
Pass Jurisprudence ExamNo
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Pennsylvania PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Pennsylvania, see the board’s online Application form. To apply online, click the icon to the right.

Pennsylvania PTA Board Contact Info

State Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone Numbers and Email
(717) 783-7134
ST-PHYSICAL@pa.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Rhode Island

PTA in Rhode Island

All PTA licensing in Rhode Island is regulated by the Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Rhode Island.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Rhode Island.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Rhode Island?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $50
Pass Jurisprudence ExamNo
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Rhode Island PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Rhode Island, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Rhode Island PTA Board Contact Info

Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy
Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone Numbers and Email
(401) 222-2828
Alana.Rodriguez@health.ri.gov
 


PTA Licensing in South Carolina

PTA in South Carolina

All PTA licensing in South Carolina is regulated by the South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in South Carolina.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in South Carolina.

PTA License Requirement
Required in South Carolina?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT BoardYes
Pay non-refundable application feeYes, $120 Check Payable to SCBPTE
Pass Jurisprudence ExamNo
Pay jurisprudence exam feeNo
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

South Carolina PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in South Carolina, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

South Carolina PTA Board Contact Info

SC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
P. O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
Phone Numbers and Email
(803) 896-4655
Contact.PT@llr.sc.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Tennessee

PTA in Tennessee

All PTA licensing in Tennessee is regulated by the Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Tennessee.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Tennessee.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Tennessee?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application, license, and state regulatory fees?Yes, $90 + $25 + $10 = $125 total
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485
Provide a recommendation letter completed by a registered Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist AssistantYes

Tennessee PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Tennessee, see the board’s online Application instructions. To apply online, click the icon to the right.

Tennessee PTA Board Contact Info

Board of Physical Therapy
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243


For Federal Express or Special Courier:
Board of Physical Therapy
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37228

Phone Numbers and Email
615-532-3202
tn.health@tn.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Texas

PTA in Texas

The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners regulates the licensing of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in Texas. The licensing section will handle all applicants for registration. Applicant fees are non-refundable so it is important that you make sure you meet all the requirements before applying.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Texas.

Steps to Becoming a PTA in Texas

  1. Apply online for your TX PTA license and pay the application fee of $125 (see all TX PTA Board fees)
  2. Contact the registrar from your school and have them send an official transcript directly to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  3. Mail a recent, 2 in. x 2 in. passport-type photo to the Board
  4. Request that your Program Director mail a Letter of Completion letter to the Board
  5. Register to take the national exam with FSBPT
  6. Take the online open book jurisprudence exam
  7. Once the above steps are complete, you may schedule your exam date with the FSBPT (this can only be done once all above items have been received by the Board)
  8. Take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) administered by the FSBPT (upon passing your license will automatically be mailed to you)

Texas PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconTo start the online application process now, just click the icon to the right. For complete instructions and steps on applying for your PTA license in TX visit this page on the Board’s website. Also, Texas offers a temporary PTA license.

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have special needs for testing accommodations, please see the testing accommodations form.

The primary way to obtain a PTA license in Texas is to apply by exam. The Texas PTA exam is administered on specific predetermined dates, so make sure to plan accordingly. The Texas Board of Physical Therapy examiners offers a Licensure Steps and Timelines Tool to help you organize and plan everything needed to obtain your Texas PTA license.

Important Phone Numbers for Texas PTAs

PT Board – (512) 305-6900
FSBPT – (888) 461-6905
Prometric Testing Center – (800) 796-9857

 


PTA Licensing in Utah

PTA in Utah

All PTA licensing in Utah is regulated by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Utah.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Utah.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Utah?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application fee?Yes, $90 made payable to “DOPL
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Utah PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Utah, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Utah PTA Board Contact Info

Via US Postal Service:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
PO BOX 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741


In person or via express delivery:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Heber M Wells Building, 1st Floor Lobby
160 E 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone Numbers and Email
(801) 530-6628
jbusjahn@utah.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Vermont

PTA in Vermont

All PTA licensing in Vermont is regulated by the Vermont Secretary of State Office of Professional Regulation.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Vermont.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Vermont?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application, license, and state regulatory fees?Yes, $100 payable to Vermont Secretary of State
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Vermont PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Vermont, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Vermont PTA Board Contact Info

Vermont Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
Physical Therapy
89 Main Street 3rd Floor
Montpelier VT 05620-3402
Phone Numbers and Email
(802) 828-3228
judith.griffen@sec.state.vt.us
 


PTA Licensing in Virginia

PTA in Virginia

All PTA licensing in Virginia is regulated by the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Virginia.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Virginia.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Virginia?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application fee?Yes, $100
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Virginia PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Virginia, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Virginia PTA Board Contact Info

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Phone Numbers and Email
(804) 367-4674
ptboard@dhp.virginia.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Washington

PTA in Washington

All PTA licensing in Washington is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Washington.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Washington.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Washington?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application, license, and state regulatory fees?Yes, $100 payable to “Department of Health
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485
Provide a recommendation letter completed by a registered Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist AssistantYes

Washington PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Washington, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Washington PTA Board Contact Info

Department of Health
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099
Phone Numbers and Email
360-236-4700
hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov
 


PTA Licensing in West Virginia

PTA in West Virginia

All PTA licensing in West Virginia is regulated by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in West Virginia.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in West Virginia.

PTA License Requirement
Required in West Virginia?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application, license, and exam fees?Yes, $140 + $25 + $25 = $190 total
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

West Virginia PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in West Virginia, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

West Virginia PTA Board Contact Info

West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
2 Players Club Drive, Suite 102 Charleston, West Virginia 25311
Phone Numbers and Email
304-558-0367
wvbopt@wv.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Wisconsin

PTA in Wisconsin

All PTA licensing in Wisconsin is regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Wisconsin.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Wisconsin.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Wisconsin?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application fee?Yes, $165
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485

Wisconsin PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Wisconsin, see the board’s Application process. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Wisconsin PTA Board Contact Info

P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone Numbers and Email
(608) 266-2112
dspscredphysicaltherapy@wi.gov
 


PTA Licensing in Wyoming

PTA in Wyoming

All PTA licensing in Wyoming is regulated by the Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy. Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Wyoming.

Below are the requirements to become a licensed PTA in Wyoming.

PTA License Requirement
Required in Wyoming?
Complete Accredited PTA ProgramYes
Send Official Transcripts Directly from School to State PT BoardYes
Complete PTA License ApplicationYes
Mail passport style photo to State PT Board with applicationYes
Pay non-refundable application fee?Yes, $190
Pass the National Physical Therapy Assistant Exam (NPTAE)Yes, $485
Provide a recommendation letter completed by a registered Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist AssistantYes, from 2 professionals
Pass jurisprudence examYes

Wyoming PTA License Application

Download-PTA-Application-IconFor detailed information and instructions to become a PTA in Wyoming, see the board’s Application form. To download the form, right click the icon to the right and then click on “Save As” to save the PDF file.

Wyoming PTA Board Contact Info

State of Wyoming
Board of Physical Therapy
2001 Capitol Ave, Room 105
Cheyenne, WY 82002


For Federal Express or Special Courier:
Board of Physical Therapy
665 Mainstream Drive
2001 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone Numbers and Email
(307) 777-5403
Carla.Fleming@wyo.gov
 
Physical Therapy Assistant Schools Programs and Careers

Find a School Today

Search, compare, and even get matched to the best physical therapy assistant program for you.