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FSBPT Grants

FSBPT wants to help jurisdictions in our shared mission of public protection, and we have funds available to help you succeed!

FSBPT’s board has set aside a $1 million grant for PT Compact member jurisdictions, along with our ongoing jurisdictional grant program, to help you use the FSBPT ID and submit data to the Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database (ELDD). PT Compact member jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD. Please let us know if your jurisdiction is interested by contacting our CEO, William A. Hatherill.

Montana Opts into the Alternate Approval Pathway

In March, Montana joined twenty-eight other states by opting into the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP ). AAP for the NPTE allows exam candidates who are graduates of CAPTE-accredited programs to be approved to sit for the NPTE by the FSBPT. Candidates register for the exam using the online system and select the state where they are seeking licensure. FSBPT then makes candidates eligible to sit for the NPTE provided that they meet all FSBPT eligibility requirements. After the examination is completed, FSBPT reports candidate scores to their intended licensure state. Contact FSBPT if your jurisdiction is interested in learning more.

South Dakota Board of Physical Therapy Created with Bill Signing

On March 8, 2023, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed twenty-one bills into law from the 2023 legislative session. Included was SB 78, creating the South Dakota Board of Physical Therapy and making the necessary appropriation. Physical therapy regulation has been the responsibility of the South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners with the assistance of a physical therapy advisory committee. State law provides for an effective date of July 1, 2023.

Select Your 2023 Delegates and Funded Administrator

Member board chairs and administrators, we need your delegates and funded administrator credentialed by May 1, 2023.

We ask boards to select one person to serve in each of these roles (if feasible):

  • Voting Delegates cast the jurisdiction’s vote in the Delegate Assembly for motions and elections.
  • Alternate Delegates can serve as the voting delegate if the selected Voting Delegate cannot attend.
  • Selected Administrators can serve as the voting delegate for jurisdictions that do not select delegates.

FSBPT will fund the following attendees at LIF and the Annual Education Meeting this year.

Leadership Issues Forum, July 15-16, Arlington, Virginia

  • Voting Delegate
  • Board Administrator

Annual Education Meeting, October 19-21, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Voting Delegate
  • Funded Alternate Delegate
  • Board Administrator 

We recently emailed administrators instructions on selecting delegates and identifying the selected administrator. If you have any questions, please contact .

Thank you to the following jurisdictions that have already made selections: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Beginning Research of Re-Entry Demographics Available

Between March and December 2022, the FSBPT and the Healthcare Regulatory Research Institute, in partnership with the Human Resources Research Organization, began research efforts to identify and explore factors thought to contribute to a physical therapist’s or physical therapist assistant’s decision-making and overall experience of leaving and returning to practice.

First, in 2021, FSBPT added a question to its annual practice analysis surveys that asked respondents to report the duration of any extended leaves of absence they might have taken. The results revealed that 17 to 28 percent of PTs and PTAs have taken extended leaves of absence. Second, FSBPT/HRRI partnered with HumRRO to explore potential patterns or relationships in the practice analysis survey data finding that the tendency to take leaves of absence varied by different group characteristics (e.g., gender, primary clinical work setting). Although none of the results were conclusive due to small sample sizes, the analysis results pointed toward possible areas of further research. The latest effort to gain more information about reentering PTs/PTAs involved a series of one-on-one structured interviews with practitioners who experienced a leave of absence at some point in their careers and volunteered for the interviews. The experiences described by the six participants included in the study may not allow conclusions to be generalized to the full population of PTs and PTAs. Nonetheless, the data gleaned from these interviews provide a glimpse into the experiences that PTs/PTAs might encounter while attempting to re-enter physical therapy profession after an extended leave of absence.

This study is an important step towards understanding reentry, as virtually no research on this topic exists to date.

Virtual Workshop for Educators in October

Join us for a virtual Workshop for Educators , held October 6-8, 2023. The workshop will include self-led learning with on-demand presentations, materials, and quizzes; live Q&As and group discussions during the event weekend to discuss the materials; and one-on-one sessions with our Item Writing Trainers and other staff during and after the event weekend. We will be opening registration soon. If you would like to receive a notification when registration opens, please email .

Share Your Webinar and Annual Education Meeting Ideas!

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2023 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2023 Annual Education Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal . However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us . You can watch recent webinars on the FSBPT events platform .

Model Practice Act Workshop on July 17

When was the last time you compared your practice act to the Model Practice Act? Now is the perfect time, so dust off that Practice Act and get ready! The 7th edition of the Model Practice Act is full of significant revisions from previous editions. Join fellow FSBPT members to learn how to use the MPA to prioritize key issues, develop a crosswalk, interact with facilitators, and take the next steps toward contemporary regulation of physical therapy practice.

This one-day workshop on Monday, July 17, 2023, will immediately follow the Leadership Issues Forum. FSBPT will fund two participants per jurisdiction; it is highly recommended that one be the Administrator and the other either Board Chair (preferred) or Voting Delegate. FSBPT is also extending an invitation to APTA state chapter representatives as well.

Submit 2023 Excellence in Regulation Award Nomination: Forms Due June 2

The Excellence in Regulation Award recognizes jurisdictions that have made significant accomplishments toward increasing public protection for consumers of physical therapy services in a number of areas. To nominate a jurisdiction, including your own, submit a Nomination Form by Friday, June 2, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Upcoming Webinars

We are hosting upcoming webinars within the FSBPT Portal, allowing you to easily access member resources, groups, and events all in one place! Please follow the instructions to register.

  • Login to the FSBPT Portal
  • Once you are on the portal, select "Events"
  • Click on the webinar you want to register for
  • Follow the registration process
  • Select "Register Now" (it may take a moment to load)
  • You will see a screen indicating the registration was successful, and you will receive an email confirmation 
  • You can also use the calendar icon in the top right to add the event to your calendar. Please note, depending on your calendar and time zone settings, it may not have the right time. The time is included in the calendar description. Please confirm your time settings are correct.
  • All done! We will send more information on how to join the webinar closer to the event.

Here is an upcoming webinar you won't want to miss!

Introducing Students to the PT Compact: A Module for Educators
June 14, 2023, 7:00 pm ET
The PT Compact’s Education Module Task Force has created an evidence-based educational module and field-tested it in the classroom. Come review the data collected and learn more about the module, which is ready for adoption by other educators, including objectives, content, assessments, and resources. The webinar will prepare participants to incorporate the module into their educational programs.

Lorin Mueller Becomes an SIOP Fellow

Lorin Mueller joined FSBPT in 2011 as its Managing Director of Assessment. Prior to joining FSBPT, Lorin spent ten years as Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. Lorin received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology with a specialization in statistics and measurement in 2002 from the University of Houston.

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology recently honored Lorin by making him a Fellow. In addition to other criteria, to become a fellow, there must be "evidence that the individual’s contributions have had meaningful, sustained, and unusual impact on the field of industrial and organizational psychology." We congratulate Lorin on this impressive achievement!

Call for Nominations for CBA Leadership Positions

We are seeking nominations for the Council of Board Administrators (CBA) Chair and a position on the CBA Nominating Committee. We encourage you to get involved and help lead this vital community, to guide our continuing discussions and the implementation of our shared vision.

Please consider nominating yourself or someone else by Friday, April 14, 2023. Submit names to

“DPT”: Is it a Protected Term in Your Jurisdiction?

Some personal trainers at a large fitness club chain are using DPT as their professional credential. Life Time is a large chain of health clubs that originated in Minnesota and has expanded to other states. Life Time advertises its unique philosophy to personal training, known as Dynamic Personal Training , which strives to keep the client completely engaged by partnering in many exercises with the trainer. At least one jurisdiction has received multiple complaints that Life Time personal trainers are using DPT to denote themselves as a dynamic personal trainer. The term DPT is protected in the practice act of many jurisdictions and prohibits the use of DPT if not licensed as a physical therapist.

If your jurisdiction has updates on steps or actions you have taken regarding this issue, please let us know at .

FSBPT Forum: A Collective Approach to Increasing Fairness and Reducing Bias on the NPTE

FSBPT uses multiple approaches to ensure the NPTE remains a fair and equitable tool to promote public protection. This article is based on a 2021 webinar presented by Lorin Mueller, Colleen Lettvin, Ashley Ray, Jenny Lapnawan, and Joanne Wagner.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Power Imbalance in Physical Therapy

FSBPT’s Sexual Misconduct and Boundaries Committee recently completed a resource paper on Power Imbalance in Physical Therapy. The extensive education and experience of the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant, combined with the patient’s/client’s vulnerability, create a power imbalance; however, many healthcare providers fail to recognize this dynamic. No matter how familiar or formal, brief or longstanding, every relationship functions on an underlying construct of the balance or imbalance of power between two individuals. Judicious practitioners can avoid the risk of boundary violations by consciously practicing self-assessment of personal and professional risk factors. "Power Imbalance in Physical Therapy" is a foundational document related to many current issues regulatory boards face.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank these generous volunteer members for their support of our mission.

  • Exam Development Committee
  • Item Writers
  • Ethics & Legislation Committee

In The News

" States move to crack down on nurses with bogus diplomas," Michael Hill, March 1, 2023, Associated Press

"Medical licensing officials in multiple states are scrambling to stop nurses with fraudulent academic credentials from caring for patients, after three Florida schools were accused of selling thousands of bogus diplomas."

" U.S.-licensed doctors can now practise in Nova Scotia without extra certification," Jean Laroche, March 6, 2023, CBS News

"U.S.-trained doctors who want to practise in Nova Scotia no longer have to prove their skills through additional certifications to be fully licensed in the province."

" Why hasn’t AI delivered on its promise?" Peter Evans-Greenwood et al., December 16, 2022, Deloitte Insights

"AI exploded out of research some ten years ago, promising to deliver all manner of science fiction solutions. From autonomous cars and perfect prediction machines for business, through to ushering in the singularity (where machine intelligence accelerates past human intelligence). Pundits predicted systemic disruption as AI eliminated the need for humans in many fields of endeavor. Some even went so far as posit that we should stop training professions such as radiographers, as AI would soon be so superior that human radiographers would find it impossible to compete."

" FDA prepping 'Warp Speed' pilot for rare disease drugs," Lauren Clason, February 13, 2023, CQ News

"The Food and Drug Administration is readying a pilot program to spur development of drugs for rare diseases in the same vein as the COVID-19 vaccines, a senior official said Monday."

" American universities are pursuing fairness the wrong way," March 9, 2023, The Economist

"The best American universities wish to be ruthlessly discriminating on academic merit—and beacons for diversity on everything else. Trying to accomplish both at once can prompt mistakes. Lately Columbia University, an Ivy League member in New York, has been making a lot of them. Last year it admitted to submitting incorrect data to a college-rankings outfit in a bid to seem more exclusive than it really is. And on March 1st, in a bid to seem more inclusive than it is, Columbia said it would drop the requirement for applicants to submit standardised exam scores."

" Healthcare Crash? Where is Houston?" Lisa Trumble, February 15, 2023, Moving to Value Alliance

"As a nation our healthcare system is just a few short years away from several converging catastrophes slated to touch us all in terms of how we receive care and the price tag associated with said care. In this piece, Lisa Trumble, President and CEO at SoNE HEALTH, highlights staggering statistics all healthcare consumers and stakeholders need to understand. Sharing her extensive expertise working in the Value-Based Care (VBC) arena she provides a clear explanation of VBC: what it is, why it is so critical now more than ever, its potential to transform healthcare and the role we each have to play toward healthcare transformation."

Board Report

Recently, to advance the business of FSBPT, the board approved the motions listed. Please contact your jurisdiction board liaison if you have any questions or would like additional information.

NPTE-PTA Standard Review Taskforce Appointments

  • Susan Baker (AZ)
  • Alexandrea “Allie” Barnes (IN) 
  • Jordan Bennett (MS) 
  • Rohini Chandrashekar (TX) 
  • Laura Chevreaux (AZ) 
  • Craig Cooper (UT) 
  • Amy Cornell (GA) 
  • Kendra Dawson (VA) 
  • Estee Denbo (MI)
  • Angelica Erwin (RI) 
  • Tamey Feltner (GA) 
  • Kelsi Hillers (TX) 
  • Alicia Hood (IN) 
  • Nafeesah Khan (FL) 
  • Dhrumil Patel (AL) 
  • Martin Pinzon (FL) 
  • Susan Reynolds (OR) 
  • Emily Titus (PA) 
  • Andrew “Drew” Wilcox (UT) 

Rationale: To fill open positions for task force
Financial Impact: None

Membership Survey Task Force Appointments
Appointments will be posted in a future News Briefs
Rationale: To fill open positions for task force
Financial Impact: None

Adopted (Adrienne Price abstained)
CBA Strategic Planning Task Force Appointments
Appointments will be posted in a future News Briefs
Rationale: To fill open positions for task force
Financial Impact: None


Accept recommendations for Regulatory Requirements for Educators Taskforce
(Learn More)
Rationale: To provide guidance regarding the regulation of educators in hybrid/virtual teaching
Financial Impact: None

Board of Directors

Members of the board of directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions.

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

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

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

Cynthia Potter
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia

Michele Thorman
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virgin Islands

David Relling
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Charles E. Reiter
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



From the pansies-covered banks of the Potomac River, where the fish are faster, the fishing boats are longer, and the fishermen are still full of stories.

  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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