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Faculty Newsletter: Third Quarter 2021

In this issue:

    2021 FSBPT Webinar Series

    The 2021 Webinar Series has many upcoming webinars of interest to educators. We encourage you to attend "Development of a Resource for Healthy Practice," on September 30, where you can provide input to the Continuing Competence Committee for the further development of a Healthy Practice Self-Reflection resource. The ultimate goal of the resource is to provide licensees with a structure to consider their own well-being and the health of their practice in a holistic way, following the Healthy Practice Model developed by the committee. The committee values your input to help enhance the resource.

    Register for this and other upcoming webinars by creating an account or logging into the FSBPT Webinar Series platform. Once on the platform, click on “Full Schedule” in the left menu. You will see a list of upcoming webinars. Click "ADD" on the webinar(s) you'd like to attend. These webinars will be added to your schedule and you will receive notifications and information on how to join. You can also watch webinars in the "Replays" section. Watch the short clip below to get a feel for previous FSBPT webinars.

    Additionally, we are accepting presentation ideas and proposals. If you have a topic of interest but do not have suggested speakers or an official proposal, please share the topic with us. We welcome ideas!

    Virtual Tennessee State University Item Writing Workshop

    We still have spots open for our Virtual October Item Writing workshop, which we are co-hosting with Tennessee State University, October 16-17:

    • Saturday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT
    • Sunday, October 17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT


    You do not need to be alumni, faculty at Tennessee State University, or a resident of Tennessee to attend, so please submit an application and join us!

    Item writers will be asked to write a total of twenty test questions during their two-month term. Item writers receive a stipend and may earn continuing education credits.

    We are looking for both PT and PTA practitioners and educators so please apply and forward this email to anyone who may be interested. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any item writers who are not chosen for this workshop will be strongly considered for future workshops.

    Please contact us if you have questions and apply by September 24.

    This Quarter's Question: How Did COVID-19 Impact the NPTE?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of our lives, and high-stakes licensure exams are no exception. FSBPT recently held a webinar exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the administration of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Speakers from FSBPT and our testing vendor, Prometric, discussed the current status of the NPTE from scheduling examinations through scoring. They also shared both how Prometric’s network is operating as of mid-2021 and their plans for the future. (You can continue to keep up with changes at Prometric on their website.) The webinar covered specific Prometric topics such as their most up-to-date processes on candidate displacements, test center availability, and policies on social distancing and mask requirements. The FSBPT staff covered COVID-19’s impact on exam administration, candidate performance, pass rates, and waiting times to take the NPTE. If you missed the webinar, be sure to watch the replay.

    What Students Need to Know: Testing Windows for 2022 NPTE Administrations

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FSBPT added testing windows to all fixed date exams in 2020 and 2021. These windows gave candidates the needed flexibility in scheduling appointments in the midst of social distancing, site closures, and other issues brought on by the global pandemic.

    Looking ahead to 2022, FSBPT is going to pilot two-day testing windows for all exam administrations rather than returning to single-day events. Our goal is to provide candidates with flexibility in scheduling while maintaining the security of the exam. You can find the updated exam schedule on our website.

    We will continue to monitor the security of all exam administrations as well as further developments with the pandemic and will make modifications to the exam schedule if necessary. We will also continue to post up-to-date information to the COVID-19 page on our website.


    Get Involved: Learn, Grow, Write—Be an NPTE Item Writer!

    Item writing for the NPTE is a great way to gain expertise in crafting multiple-choice questions, share your knowledge of the profession, work with and learn from colleagues, and have fun! FSBPT is currently holding Basic Item Writing Workshops virtually due to COVID-19. Participants produce seven items during the workshop followed by an additional thirty-three items over three to four months following the workshop.

    If you or someone you know would like to be a participant in an Item Writing Workshop, apply online or send an inquiry to volunteer@fsbpt.org.

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    Contact Person



    William A. Hatherill

    Chief Executive Officer

    FSBPT Issues

    Susan Layton
    Rich Woolf

    Chief Operating Officer
    Chief Professional Officer

    General questions and feedback; research questions

    Lorin Mueller, PhD

    Managing Director of Assessment

    Psychometrics, test development and construction

    Christine Sousa

    Managing Director of Exam Services

    Exam administration issues, ADA

    Jamie Nolan, FCCPT

    Managing Director of the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)

    Foreign educated graduates

    Rhonda Collins

    Administrative Assistant

    School reports: schoolreports@fsbpt.org

    Practice Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT): peat@fsbpt.org

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