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 graduates 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.
This necessary security measure is in response to compelling evidence gathered by the Federation reflecting systematic and methodical sharing and distribution of recalled questions by significant numbers of graduates of programs in the affected countries, as well as several exam preparation companies specifically targeted to these graduates ( Read More)
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What does the title “Physical Therapist Assistant” or “PTA” after someone’s name mean?
* Graduated from an accredited physical therapist assistant education program, which is generally a two-year, post-high school degree.
* Passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for physical therapist assistants. This exam is based on a comprehensive practice analysis conducted to determine critical knowledge, skills and abilities of physical therapist assistants.
* As of January 2008, in all but four jurisdictions, licensed or certified to work in that state or jurisdiction.
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