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FSBPT members and staff use a variety of acronyms. We have compiled a list of these acronyms along with what they stand for, their descriptions and links to their websites when appropriate.

 

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AACRAO American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Provides professional development guidelines and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials
www.aacrao.org
AASIG Academic Administrators Special Interest Group APTA group for physical therapy program administrators
www.aptaeducation.org/academic_administrator_sig.htm
ACAPT The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy The purpose of the Academic Council is to advance the enterprise of academic physical therapy by promoting the highest standards of excellence.
www.acapt.org
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Federal law that requires reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities
www.ada.gov
AERA American Educational Research Association The national interdisciplinary research association for scholars who undertake research in education.
www.aera.net
AIN Alternate Identification Number For NPTE candidates who don't have SSNs
pt.fsbpt.net
AOP Analysis of practice; also called practice analysis Using a large survey of practicing PTs and PTAs, determines what tasks and knowledge are required of an entry-level PT or PTA to practice competently
www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/NPTEDevelopment.aspx
APA American Psychological Association Develop testing standards for high-stakes exams.
www.apa.org
APTA American Physical Therapy Association PT professional association
www.apta.org
ASWB Association of Social Work Boards Social work equivalent to FSBPT
www.aswb.org
ATP Association of Test Publishers Represents providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational or clinical uses.
www.testpublishers.org
ATT Letter Authorization to Test letter Letter sent to candidates allowing them to schedule a time to take the NPTE
pt.fsbpt.net

 

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BIACO Buros Institute for Assessment Consultation and Outreach Accrediting agency for BUROS; accredited the NPTE program
www.unl.edu/buros/biaco/index.html
BUROS BUROS Center for Testing The Institute's goals are to serve the public interest and contribute positively to the measurement field
www.unl.edu/buros

 

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CAC Citizen Advocacy Center Created as a support program for public members on health professional boards as representatives of the consumer interest; a resource for the health professional boards themselves
www.citizenadvocacycenter.org
Canadian Alliance Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators FSBPT's counterpart in Canada
www.alliancept.org
CAP Continuing Competence Assessment Portfolio An FSBPT self-assessment tool for PTs to determine their current competence and plan activities to enhance their competence. Currently being revised.
CAPTE Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Accredits PT/PTA programs in US
www.capteonline.org
CAT Computer Adaptive Testing Computer-adaptive testing (CAT) is a method for administering tests that adapts to the examinee's ability level. For this reason, it has also been called tailored testing.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-adaptive_test
CBA Council of Board Administrators Physical therapy board administrators
CBT Computer Based Testing Testing using an electronic format rather than a paper and pencil format.
CGFNS Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Credentials evaluation organization
www.cgfns.org
CLEAR Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation Resource for any entity or individual involved in the licensure, non-voluntary certification or registration of the hundreds of regulated occupations and professions
www.clearhq.org
CWT Coursework Tool Validated tool developed & maintained by FSBPT to evaluate if an FEPTs educational credentials are substantially equivalent to US CAPTE standards
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EAC Examination Administration Committee This FSBPT committee monitor the accuracy and efficiency of all policies related to registering candidates for and administering the NPTE.
ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Credentials foreign physicians.
www.ecfmg.org
EDC Examination Development Committee This FSBPT committee is responsible for constructing the forms of the NPTE examination.
ECHO ECFMG Certificate Holders Office Supports ECFMG certificate holders through residences, visa, housing, etc
www.ecfmg.org/echo
ELDD Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database FSBPT database that holds individual PTs' and PTAs' exam, licensure and disciplinary history.
ETS Educational Testing Services Develops iBT TOEFL, TOEFL, TSE, TWE
www.ets.org

 

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FARB Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards Organization established to promote excellence in the regulation of professions to protect the public
www.farb.org
FCCPT Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy Credentials evaluation organization; also one of two organizations recognized to evaluate credentials & provide certificates for H1B visas
www.fccpt.org
FCVS Federation Credentials Verification Service FSMB permanent repository of verified core credentials for physicians and physician assistants.
FEPT Foreign educated physical therapist Physical therapists educated outside the US CAPTE-accredited physical therapy system
FES Foreign Educated Standards Committee This FSBPT committee recommends updates to the Coursework Tool (CWT).
FOIA Freedom of Information Act Established the statutory right of public access to executive branch information.
www.usdoj.gov/oip/foi-upd.htm
FSBPT Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Non-profit organization whose members are US physical therapy licensing boards; owns & maintains the NPTE, PEAT, CWT
www.fsbpt.org
FSMB Federation of State Medical Boards Represents the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories
www.fsmb.org

 

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HIPDB Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Federal disciplinary databank for PTs and PTAs
www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov

 

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IBRC Item Bank Review Committee This FSBPT committee is responsible for performing oversight of the NPTE item bank review process.
iBT TOEFL Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language Online test of English language proficiency that is replacing written TOEFL, TWE, TSE
www.toefl.org
ICA International Credentialing Associates Credentials evaluation organization
ICD International Consultants of Delaware Sub-organization of CGFNS that evaluates foreign educated PT credentials
www.icdeval.com
ICE Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly NOCA) ICE is a non-profit, organization dedicated to providing educational, networking and advocacy resources for the credentialing community.
www.credentialingexcellence.org
IERF International Education Research Foundation Credentials evaluation organization
www.ierf.org
INPTRA International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities Organization of international regulatory authorities that oversee physiotherapy licensure. FSBPT is the Secretariat for INPTRA.
www.inptra.org
IOM Institute of Medicine The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy
www.iom.edu
IRT Item Response Theory Method for statistically analyzing items and test data. Primary method FSBPT uses to evaluate the items on the exam and to build forms of comparable difficulty and reliability.

 

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JCAHO Joint Commission Accredits healthcare organizations
www.jointcommission.org
JDI Jurisdiction Data Import Jurisdictions can use the online systems to enter licenses one by one as they get them or they can send FSBPT a copy of their licensure database for import. JDI is the process and tools used to import licensure data when jurisdictions choose the latter method.
JLRG Jurisdiction Licensure Reference Guide or Licensure Reference Guide FSBPT resource listing licensure information by state and in aggregate
www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/RegulatoryResources.aspx

 

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MPA Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy Provides jurisdictions with model language for their physical therapy practice acts
www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/RegulatoryResources/ModelPracticeAct.aspx

 

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NAFSA Association of International Educators Professional association of individuals advancing international education and exchange
www.nafsa.org
NBCOT National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification body for occupational therapists
www.nbcot.org
NCCA National Commission for Certifying Agencies National certifying body for ICE
www.credentialingexcellence.org
NCME National Council on Measurement in Education The professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement.
ncme.org
NCSBN National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nursing equivalent of FSBPT
www.ncsbn.org
NOCA National Organization for Competency Assurance See ICE.
NPDB National Practitioner Data Bank The databank similar to HIPDB but for physicians.
www.npdb-hipdb.hrsa.gov
NPTE National Physical Therapy Examination Licensure exam developed by FSBPT for both PTs and PTAs.
www.fsbpt.org/ExamCandidates/NationalExam(NPTE).aspx

 

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PEAT Practice Exam and Assessment Tool Timed (4-hour), 200-question practice exam with the “look and feel” of the actual PT exam or a timed (3 ½ hour) 150-question practice exam with the “look and feel” of the actual PTA exam
Visit Page
PES Professional Examination Service Company that developed and maintained the NPTE before it was brought in-house in 2000.
www.proexam.org
PRT®* Practice Review Tool® Developed by FSBPT, the PRT® is designed to allow PTs to assess whether they are sufficiently competent in the knowledge areas and systems common to all physical therapy practice settings. A tool for assessing continuing competence.
www.fsbpt.org/Licensees/ContinuingCompetence/PracticeReviewTools(PRT).aspx

*The Practice Review Tool (PRT) is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

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SA Special Accommodations Provided for candidates with disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

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TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language English language proficiency test
TSE Test of Spoken English English language proficiency test
TWE Test of Written English English language proficiency test

 

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USCIS United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Formerly NIS; issues regulations & visas for temporary healthcare workers - H1B visa
www.uscis.gov
UT Austin University of Texas at Austin Credentials evaluation organization for the State of Texas
www.utexas.edu/student/giac

 

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WCPT World Confederation for Physical Therapy Non-profit organization that represents PTs world-wide
www.wcpt.org