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Prepare for the Delegate Assembly

Motions for the 2020 Delegate Assembly are available for review. If you have any questions about the motion, please contact

Delegate Handbook
The 2020 Delegate Handbook is now available in the Member's Area. The handbook provides members with reports from FSBPT committees, financial audits, and other information.

Meet with the Resolutions Committee
Please email if you'd like to meet with the Resolutions Committee to discuss the 2020 Areas of Focus motion. They will be available 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. This meeting will be cancelled if the committee does not receive requests by October 5.

2020 FSBPT Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Candidate Statements 
Candidates for this year’s elected positions for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee have prepared statements you can review with your board before elections take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020. We encourage you to take some time reviewing their submissions. Candidates will also speak about their experience and answer questions at the virtual Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. ET. 

2020 Candidate Statements for the Council of Board Administrators (CBA)
We are pleased to announce that Karen Gordon will be running for this year’s 2020 CBA Vice Chair and Scott Majors will be running for the CBA Nominating Committee. We encourage you to read their candidate statements.

Content Outline Revision Process Pushed Back One Year

FSBPT is delaying the revision of the NPTE Content Outlines for both the PT and PTA examinations for one year. The revision process was due to start in 2021 with Practice Analysis Task Force Meetings, during which the practice analysis data are reviewed and a new content outline will be proposed.

However, after consulting with the Exam Committee Chairs and the Technical Advisory Panel, we determined that these meetings would be difficult to hold virtually and the feasibility of holding face-to-face meetings in 2021 is still unknown. This means the Practice Analysis Task Force meetings will likely occur in 2022, with 2023 being used to communicate the new Content Outlines. NPTE content will reflect the new Content Outlines in 2024.

Several other factors weighed into this decision. First, our yearly ongoing data collection affords the Exam Development Committees (EDCs) the chance to make minor modifications to the Content Outlines, such as dropping content that has become outdated. Similarly, the EDCs can instruct item writers to write items to new topics that will be on the NPTE and add topics within the Content Outline given adequate notification to candidates and educators. Second, the EDCs felt that the current content outline structure could be maintained through 2023, given the practice analysis data. Lastly, the Technical Advisory Panel encouraged FSBPT to take some time to think through how the Practice Analysis Task Force meetings could be conducted virtually in case the pandemic precludes in-person meetings after 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the task force meetings, please contact us at We also encourage you to learn more about the practice analysis process.

2020 Licensure Portability Resource Guide

This resource paper, which was recently updated, is a joint effort of the Ethics & Legislation and the Foreign Educated Standards Committees. Jurisdictions that would like to make improvements in the portability of licenses and the mobility of physical therapists should review the list of potential ways to improve licensure portability. A suggested best practices for licensure by endorsement of non-CAPTE graduates is included in the paper. Ten suggestions for improving licensure portability are presented; many of the items can be acted on by an individual jurisdiction, independent of any other jurisdiction’s actions, yet still have an impact.

Serve on an FSBPT Committee!

Are you interested in serving on one of the committees below beginning January 1, 2021?

  • Continuing Competence
  • Education
  • Ethics and Legislation
  • Finance
  • Resolutions 

Learn more about volunteering and read the detailed committee descriptions. Then submit your name for consideration. The survey will close on October 26, 2020. The Board of Directors will make appointments in late 2020.

2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series

As we've previously announced, FSBPT has cancelled all in-person meetings in 2020.

Instead, FSBPT is providing some educational content that would normally occur during the Annual Meeting via a series of webinars throughout the year. While cancelling the in-person meeting was not an easy decision, we are as excited about the quality of our webinar series as we have been about our in-person meetings. We have lined up outstanding speakers for you! Please take a look at the lineup, view past webinars, register for upcoming webinars, mark your calendars, and look out for more details.

Virtual Membership Meetings

On July 22, FSBPT delegates and administrators attended the virtual Leadership Issues Forum to learn about important topics for the organization and jurisdictions. That same day, members joined our first Candidate Forum to hear directly from the candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

We will also hold several important virtual meetings in October. Please mark your calendars for the key dates of October 22, 2020, and October 24, 2020. We will be sharing more details with participants on how to register for and join these meetings soon.

Candidate Forum–2

October 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET

This forum provides a chance for delegates and other members to get to know the candidates who are running for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Workshop

October 24, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Delegate Workshop will be an opportunity for Delegates to understand the technology that we will be using during the Delegate Assembly.  

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Assembly

October 24, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.

Cannabis and Physical Therapy

Has your board been trying to gain a better understanding of physical therapy and hemp, marijuana, CBD, and THC? FSBPT has a new resource to help! Read FSBPT-sponsored presentations, PT related articles, and other resources.

Report: Occupational Regulatory Structures

The Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium (Consortium) project, which consists of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); the Council of State Governments (CSG); the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center); and member states in cooperation with the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR); recently released a report on occupational regulatory structures in the United States.

The state members of the consortium requested such a resource be created including discussion of the benefits and challenges associated with each model. One hundred and sixty-one respondents completed the survey conducted by CLEAR indicating which model best represented the model in use by their regulatory organization.

Options to Meet Coursework Tool 6 Clinical Education Requirements

Coursework Tool 6 (CWT6) requires an additional 250 clinical education hours for a Physical Therapist for a total of 1050. Unfortunately, a large number of PTs who did not graduate from a CAPTE-accredited educational program will not meet this criterion. Learn more about the requirements and acceptable options for foreign-educated PTs.

Textbook Survey

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is asking for your assistance in updating information about textbooks used by accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs in the U.S. We are requesting documents that include all textbooks used within the current curriculum. We hope to receive all responses by October 1, 2020.

Why is FSBPT making this request?
FSBPT maintains a reference library for developing test questions to be used on the National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE). We want to ensure that this library reflects textbooks currently in use in accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs across the nation, and ask for your assistance in updating this information. FSBPT previously surveyed PT and PTA programs in 2015 to obtain this textbook information. Through this new survey, we would like to capture changes in textbook use since 2015. With your help, the results will be used to ensure that the textbooks used to support the development of the NPTE exams are reflective of those used in PT and PTA programs. The results will also be made available as a resource for educators who are looking for alternative or additional textbooks to be used in their programs.

Will this information be shared?
Yes, the results of the survey will be posted on FSBPT's website and will be free to access. The results will consist of a complete list of textbooks, along with the number of PT and PTA programs using the books. Information from each school will be treated as confidential. No individual school or state will be identified, as some states only have a few programs and their schools would be easily identified.

What information is needed?
We are requesting four pieces of information for each textbook:

  • Title
  • Year
  • Author
  • Edition (e.g., 1st, 4th)
  • Textbook medium (print, electronic, either, or both)
  • ISBN 10 and ISBN 13 *optional*

However, any additional information included in an existing document will also be accepted. Please include your program information on all documents as well.

What formats are accepted?
FSBPT appreciates the effort taken and understands the time necessary to complete this request. In order to make this process as easy as possible, we will accept textbook information in a variety of formats. You will have the option to upload files that contain your program's textbook information (e.g., syllabi, master lists, bookstore lists for students, etc.). You will also have the option to enter all textbook information into a text box manually, if preferred.


We greatly appreciate your participation and taking the time to provide us with the invaluable information needed. Please contact Ashley Ray at (703) 299-3100 ext. 219 or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

FSBPT Forum: An Impossible Dream? Practice Advice in Physical Therapy Regulation

The role of a Practice Advisor is sometimes misunderstood, but they serve an important function and the information they glean from close contact with registrants can help inform regulatory activities. This article is a summary of a presentation by Leanne Loranger and Susan Paul at the 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting.

Spotlight on Member Resources: 2020 Leadership Issues Report

The Leadership Issues Forum took place virtually in July. The official report is now available in the Member's Area.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:


In the News

"Putting a price on transparency" How providers can win in a transparent market," Skalka et al., Deloitte Insights, August 26, 2020

"As consumers increasingly shop for health care services, providers have an opportunity to build trust with their patients and differentiate their organizations by leading the way on pricing transparency."

"Managing pain without in-person care," Amanda Loudin, Washington Post, September 7, 2020

"...thousands of athletes or post-surgical patients have missed physical therapy — or other types of body work — important to their health because of the pandemic. Physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic treatments are regularly used by millions of Americans, according to various estimates, to keep chronic pain at bay, make progress with injury, or help ensure that their muscles, tendons and ligaments stay in top shape."

"COVID-19: Occupational Licensing During Public Emergencies," Iris Hentze, National Conference of State Legislators, August 3, 2020

"COVID-19 presents an unprecedented crisis for states, requiring swift action on many issues, including the process for licensing essential workers. Temporary suspension of occupational licensing laws in emergency situations is a common approach states take to help manage short-term crises. States have experience in adopting emergency licensing processes, most often in response to natural disasters and their aftermath. Typically, states will lift licensing restrictions on aid workers, including those providing health care, infrastructure and other services critical to disaster recovery. To respond to COVID-19, states are also exploring the temporary suspension of licensure requirements for volunteers and aid workers."

"Medical errors increase by nearly 20% around daylight savings, study finds," Gabrielle Masson, Becker's Hospital Review, September 18, 2020

"In the days following the switch to daylight saving time, human mistakes tied to patient safety-related incidents increased by almost 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine."

Board Liaisons to Jurisdictions

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.

Tom Caldwell
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas

Ruggie Canizares
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Ellen Donald
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina

Joni Kalis
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Nancy Kirsch
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

David Relling
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

John Young
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions.

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
(703) 299-3100




Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Muelle
Susan Newman

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian


Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham

PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool

Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Newman

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings



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