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FSBPT members and staff use a variety of acronyms. We have compiled a list of these acronyms along with descriptions and website links 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
AASIG Academic Administrators Special Interest Group APTA group for physical therapy program administrators
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
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act A federal law that requires reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities
AERAM American Educational Research Association The national interdisciplinary research association for scholars who undertake research in education.
AIN Alternate Identification Number For NPTE candidates who don't have SSNs
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
APA American Psychological Association Develop testing standards for high-stakes exams.
APTA American Physical Therapy Association PT professional association
ASWB Association of Social Work Boards Social work equivalent to FSBPT
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.
ATT Letter Authorization to Test letter Letter sent to candidates allowing them to schedule a time to take the NPTE

 

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BIACO Buros Institute for Assessment Consultation and Outreach Accrediting agency for BUROS; accredited the NPTE program
BUROS BUROS Center for Testing The Institute's goals are to serve the public interest and contribute positively to the measurement field

 

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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
Canadian Alliance Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators FSBPT's counterpart in Canada
CAPTE Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education CAPTE is an accrediting agency that grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist
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.
CBA Council of Board Administrators An FSBPT council of 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
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
CWT Coursework Tool A validated tool developed and maintained by FSBPT to evaluate if an FEPT’s educational credentials are substantially equivalent to US CAPTE standards

 

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ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Credentials foreign physicians.
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
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

 

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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
FCCPT Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy An organization that evaluates the credentials of foreign-educated physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and issues Health Care Worker Certificates to those who wish to immigrate and/or work in the United States
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
FOIA Freedom of Information Act Established the statutory right of public access to executive branch information.
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
FSMB Federation of State Medical Boards Represents the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories

 

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HMD The Health and Medicine Division
HMD provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies.
HRRI Healthcare Regulatory Research Institute An FSBPT-created nonprofit regulatory research organization

 

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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
ICD International Consultants of Delaware Sub-organization of CGFNS that evaluates foreign educated PT credentials
www.icdeval.com
ICE Institute for Credentialing Excellence 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 INPTRA is organized and operated to support physiotherapy regulation. Organizational members are national and jurisdiction physiotherapy regulatory authorities and associations of physiotherapy regulatory authorities. FSBPT is the Secretariat for INPTRA.
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
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

 

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MPA Model Practice Act for Physical Therapy Provides jurisdictions with model language for their physical therapy practice acts

 

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NAFSA Association of International Educators Professional association of individuals advancing international education and exchange
NBCOT National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification body for occupational therapists
NCCA National Commission for Certifying Agencies National certifying body for ICE
NCME National Council on Measurement in Education The professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement.
NCSBN National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nursing equivalent of FSBPT
NPDB National Practitioner Data Bank NPDB is the national data bank for reporting adverse actions taken by state licensure boards.
NPTE® National Physical Therapy Examination Licensure exam developed by FSBPT for both PTs and PTAs.

 

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PEAT® Practice Exam and Assessment Tool Timed (four-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
PES Professional Examination Service Company that developed and maintained the NPTE before it was brought in-house in 2000.

 

 

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TA Testing Accommodations Provided for candidates with disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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 and visas for temporary healthcare workers, i.e.   H1B visa
UT Austin University of Texas at Austin Credentials evaluation organization for the State of Texas

 

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WCPT World Confederation for Physical Therapy Nonprofit organization that represents PTs world-wide

 

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