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oPTion is a self-assessment tool created by the FSBPT to allow physical therapists to compare their knowledge, skills, and abilities to current entry-level general physical therapy practice. It is also an opportunity to review PT fundamentals.  oPTion is available online and on demand from your personal computer.

Types of questions

oPTion uses scenarios and multiple-choice questions that emphasize clinical application of knowledge necessary for safe, effective practice. Realistic case scenarios that describe clinical situations are presented with a series of related questions. Scenarios include the age, gender, and presenting problem/current condition of a patient and may also include past medical history, physical therapy examination results, description of physical therapy interventions, and other information.

As a key feature, oPTion provides a rationale that explains the correct choice for each question. The rationale is available whether you answer the question correctly or incorrectly. At the conclusion of oPTion, your results will indicate one of four levels of performance. Each performance level describes the typical knowledge, skills, and abilities possessed by a physical therapist who performs at that level.

You can utilize this information to help select continuing competence opportunities focusing on areas that can help you move to a higher performance level.

Length of oPTion

oPTion is composed of scenarios with three to five multiple-choice questions for each scenario. There are a total of 100 questions in oPTion. Registrants have 30 days from the date of purchase to complete oPTion, and it may be completed over multiple log-in sessions.


The Feedback Report, which is available at the end of oPTion, identifies performance in one of four levels. Unlike other assessment tools, you cannot pass or fail oPTion. The results do not demonstrate whether you possess minimal competence. The purpose of oPTion is rather to help identify your knowledge, skills, and abilities, compared to current entry-level practice. Your results and your Feedback Report are sent only to you and are intended to be used to help you plan for future continuing competence activities.


oPTion is compatible with most browsers. We cannot ensure that oPTion will work with all versions of browsers and all versions of operating systems. If you experience difficulty, consider trying to relaunch oPTion in one of the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 or 11, the latest version of Firefox and Chrome and Safari on the PC. We will update this list when additional browsers and operating systems become available.

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  • Fast Facts About oPTion

    Questions - oPTion uses scenarios and multiple-choice questions that emphasize clinical application of knowledge necessary for safe, effective practice. Each scenario is followed by three to five multiple-choice questions, for a total of 100 questions. 

    Where - Online and on demand

    Price - $49

    Who is eligible - Only licensed physical therapists

    Credit – Click here for a list of states and credit awarded

    When to register - When you're ready to begin!

    Customer service available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern time

    Request assistance: or 703.299.3100 and press 5

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