The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) is committed to being transparent during this COVID-19 pandemic by providing up-to-date, accurate information. As an organization, we are committing to following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations while working to minimize the impact on candidates, schools, and member jurisdictions.
Yes. Once the candidate has met your requirements to be made eligible to sit, please make them eligible for the NPTE.
As of late March, FSBPT is not planning on modifying the deadlines for the NPTE. As we get closer to the July NPTE dates, we will re-evaluate the current deadlines for candidates and for jurisdictions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns about meeting the March 31 jurisdiction deadline for the April PT exam.
We recommend that you work with your board’s legal counsel to determine what options the board might have, such as issuing the license (or compact privilege) with a requirement that the applicant pass the jurisprudence exam within a specified period of time after the Prometric centers re-open.
If your board is modifying licensure requirements during the pandemic, please contact the PT Compact Administrator to ensure the changes will not impact your jurisdiction remaining a member in good standing. One example of a potential waiver that could be problematic would be issuing full licenses to applicants without requiring the individual to complete the required criminal background check. If you will be issuing temporary authority for these individuals to provide physical therapy services within your jurisdiction during the emergency, please make sure that the temporary status is indicated when you submit your weekly licensure data information to the PT Compact. Temporary licenses in the home state cannot be used by an individual to establish eligibility for a compact privilege.
FSBPT staff is currently surveying our member boards to identify what actions boards are taking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. When that information is available, it will be posted on the FSBPT COVID-19 Updates page .