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Additional Information on Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Proof of TOEFL completion. When registering for the exam, candidates must enter the date of their most recent TOEFL exam and the scores for each part. Until further notice is given, candidates for the exam will simply provide the information on their most recent attempt. While FSBPT has recommended standards for TOEFL (see below), currently FSBPT does not plan to enforce TOEFL standards until January 2022.

    EXEMPTIONS – FSBPT has adopted the same exemptions to its requirement that USCIS uses for healthcare workers applying for visas. This means that individuals who graduate from a college, university or professional training school located in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States do not need to provide additional proof of English language proficiency.

    STATE TOEFL REQUIREMENTS – FSBPT does not require proof of TOEFL completion if the state where an individual is applying for licensure does not require TOEFL. 

    Acceptable documentation of TOEFL completion – Candidates will go to their Candidate Dashboard to enter their TOEFL information and upload a copy of their TOEFL report. Documentation supplied by the candidate to FSBPT is acceptable.

  2. Proof of Educational Equivalence. Graduates from non-CAPTE accredited programs must demonstrate that their education is substantially equivalent to the education of individuals who graduate from CAPTE-accredited programs, as determined by a recognized credentialing agency. When registering for the exam, candidates must enter the following information: 1) the name of the agency that performed the evaluation, 2) the name and version of the evaluation tool used to complete the evaluation, and 3) the outcome of the evaluation (substantially equivalent or not substantially equivalent).

    Agencies That Perform Credential Evaluations:

    Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
    International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD)
    International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)
    NY State Education Department (Credential reviews for New York only)

    While FSBPT recommends that individuals have an education that is evaluated as substantially equivalent using the CWT 6, FSBPT currently plans to require use of the CWT 6 no sooner than January 2022. Until further notice is given, regardless of the tool used, upon supplying the credentials evaluation information, an individual will be allowed to register for the NPTE.

    Acceptable documentation of educational equivalence - Candidates will go to their Candidate Dashboard to enter information on their credential evaluation and upload a copy of their education evaluation report. Documentation supplied by the candidate to FSBPT is acceptable.

NOTE: FSBPT’s eligibility requirements are independent from a state’s requirements. Individuals MUST meet their state requirements in order to be made eligible for the exam or be considered for licensure.

Comparison of Current and 2022 Requirements

FSBPT Recommendation/2022 Requirements
Implementation Date
Currently in use
Planned for 2022
All scores accepted
Reading – 22
Listening – 21
Writing – 22
Speaking – 24
TOEFL Date of Exam
Any date accepted
Must be within two years of registration
Proof of TOEFL Score
Candidate or ETS
ETS Only
Credentialing Agency
Any Agency must use current FSBPT CWT
Educational Equivalence
Deemed substantially equivalent on any agency’s tool Substantially equivalent on FSBPT CWT 6
Proof of Equivalence
Candidate may supply their own copy of the agency’s report
Report must come directly from the credentialing agency