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Licensure Requirements

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Index

For questions or problems regarding your PT or PTA license, please email  the Licensing Coordinator, Deborah Jackson at deborah.jackson@maryland.gov

Initial Licensure

Licensure by Examination: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated
Licensure by Endorsement: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Endorsement: Foreign Educated
Licensure by Transfer: U.S Graduates
Licensure by Transfer: Foreign Educated

Licensure by Examination: U.S Graduates

  1. Completed Online Application, photograph and additional documentation can be emailed to: mdh.bphte@maryland.gov.
    Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  2. Application fee of $150.
  3. Completed Criminal History Records Check
     
  4. Post-graduation transcript with degree and date earned, mailed to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office. We do not accept electronic transcripts
     
  5. FSBPT will notify the Maryland Board electronically of your registration.(Go online to www.fsbpt.org) When your application is complete, the Board will notify FSBPT to authorize you to sit for the examination. Effective October 1, 2008 FSBPT will no longer accept checks. All payments must be by credit card or debit card. Examination scores are sent electronically to the Board Office. The Board will notify you of your score. Do not call or e-mail the office regarding score reports. 
     
  6. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  7. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo

Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated

Applicants are not required to have a social security number to apply for licensure, but MUST have a social security number in order to be licensed. AIN numbers are no longer being accepted on advise of the Attorney Generals’ office. You can be approved to sit for the exams, however that approval does not render one eligible for licensure if the applicant can’t meet the other criteria.

Federal regulations (45 CFR 61.7) require the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy to report a licensee’s Social Security number when making reports to the Federal Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). Therefore all applicants for licensure are required to submit a social security number.

The Board of Physical Therapy is unable to issue a license to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the State of Maryland until submission of the social security number. The Board will send a letter to foreign educated applicants letting the applicant know that they will be eligible to receive a Maryland license once the applicant has furnished the Board their social security number. Once the Board receives that number, you will be issued a license to practice in the State of Maryland.

  1. Completed Online Application, photograph and additional documentation can be emailed to: Emailed to mdh.bphte@maryland.gov
  2. Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  3. Application fee of $150.
  4. Completed Criminal History Records Check
  5. Evaluation of educational credentials sent directly to this office from one of the following acceptable credentials agencies:

    Foreign Credential Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
    124 West Street South, 3rd Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314 
    (703) 684-8406

    International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
    10801 Starkey Road
    Suite 104
    Seminole, FL 33777
    (727) 549-8555

    International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
    Division of CGFNS International
    P.O. Box 8629
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
    (215) 222-8454 Ext. 603 (Lines open M-F from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time)
    E-mail: icdeval.com

    International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    (310)-258-9451

  6. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  7. Proof of competency in English language (either recent TOEFL scores, a transcript from a physical therapy program completed in the U.S., or Oral Competency Certification from PT school)
  8. Background – The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has developed and certified an internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). It contains four sections; writing, speaking, listening and reading. Standards for passing each of the sections have been established by several certification and licensing organizations including the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). The scales (range of numbers used) differs between sections, making a direct comparison of sections inappropriate. For example, a score of 20 in one section is not equal in any manner to a score of 20 in another section.

  9. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo

    Policy – In using TOEFL as one of the criteria in qualifying foreign-educated physical therapists for whom English is not their primary language applying for licensure in Maryland, the Board has adopted the following minimum or cut scores in each of the four sections:

    Writing - 24        Speaking - 26   Listening - 18    Reading – 21

    Note: The Board has adopted these minimum cut scores for each section. The Board has not adopted the total score.

    Review – It is anticipated that the cut scores for each section of the test may change from time to time as experience with tests develop. It is expected that FSBPT will advise the Board of any future changes in the cut scores at which time the Board can vote on these changes and will advise applicants.  

Licensure by Endorsement: U.S Graduates

Applicant must have a current license in another state

  1. Completed Online Application,photograph and additional documentation can be emailed to: Emailed to mdh.bphte@maryland.gov
  2. Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  3. Application fee of $150
  4. Completed Criminal History Records Check
     
  5. Verification of one, current, out of state license.
  6. Post-graduation transcript with degree and date earned, mailed to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office. We do not accept electronic transcripts
  7. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  8. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  9. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo

Licensure by Endorsement: Foreign Educated

  1. Completed Online Application, photograph and additional documentation can emailed to: Emailed to mdh.bphte@maryland.gov
  2. Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  3. Application fee of $150
  4. Completed Criminal History Records Check
     
  5.  Verification of on, current, out of state license.
  6. Proof of competency in English language (either recent TOEFL scores, a transcript from a physical therapy program completed in the U.S., or Oral Competency Certification from PT school).
  7. Credentials evaluation report for the State of Maryland from an approved credentialing agency. (see listing above under Licensure by Exam – Foreign Educated).
  8. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  9. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  10. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo

Licensure by Transfer: U.S Graduates

Applicants that registered to take or have taken the National Physical Therapy Examination in another state but did not obtain licensure in that state

  1. Completed Online Application, photograph and additional documentation can be emailed to: Emailed to mdh.bphte@maryland.gov

    Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  2. Application fee of $150 
  3. Completed Criminal History Records Check
  4. Post-graduation transcript with degree and date earned, mailed to the Board Office directly from the Registrar's office. We do not accept electronic transcripts.
  5. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  6. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  7. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo

Licensure by Transfer: Foreign Educated

  1. Completed Online Application, photograph and additional documentation can be emailed to: Emailed to mdh.bphte@maryland.gov

    Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.
  2. Application fee of $150
  3. Completed Criminal History Records Check
     
  4. Proof of competency in English language (either recent TOEFL scores, a transcript from a physical therapy program completed in the U.S., or Oral Competency Certification from PT school).
  5. Credentials evaluation report for the State of Maryland from an approved credentialing agency. (see listing above under Licensure by Exam – Foreign Educated).
  6. Transfer of NPTE Scores to the Maryland Board. (Go online to www.fsbpt.org to request a transfer of scores).
  7. Passing score on the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination. The Maryland Jurisprudence Exam is an open book exam which is emailed as an attachment upon receipt of a paid applicaiton. It is to be completed and returned to this office. Passing score is 90%.
  8. Photograph - Current head and shoulder photo
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National Physical Therapy Examination

To register for the exam or to transfer scores visit The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Prometric Policy Changes – Effective February 1, 2008, Prometric will begin charging a fee of $25.00 to any candidate who reschedules or cancels their examination appointment 3 to 29 days prior to their scheduled test date. Candidates may cancel or reschedule their appointment 30 or more days prior to the examination date at no charge. As in the past, no changes to a scheduled appointment can be made without at least 48 hours notice to Prometric.

Maryland State Jurisprudence Examination

COMAR 10.38.01 - General Regulations require that all applicants for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must achieve a passing score on an examination on the Maryland State Physical Therapy Laws and Regulations.

The examination is  "open book" and, it is intended that each candidate complete it individually, without receiving aid from any other person.

The board will send the MD Jurisprudence Exam (Law Exam) to licensure applicants, as a PDF attachment to an acknowledgement e-mail, upon receipt of a paid application.

Reinstatement of Licensure

You will receive your previous license number.

Completed Reinstatement Online Application, additional documentation can be emailed to: mdh.bphte@maryland.gov.
Please include applicant's full name in all correspondence.

  1. Reinstatement fee of $400 
  2. Copies of Continuing Education Certificates for courses taken within past 2 years. That is 30 contact hours or 3.0 CEUS for a physical therapist or 20 contact hours or 2.0 CEUS for a physical therapist assistant.
  3. If licensed in another state, verification of out of state license.
  4. Photograph  

Applicant Special Accommodations Request

POLICY ON REVIEWING REQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) TO THE NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT EXAMINATION

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and instructions for reviewing requests for accommodations to the National Physical Therapy Examinations in order to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided the protections guaranteed to them under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

DEFINITION:

Physical impairment is defined by the ADA as: Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine.

Mental impairment is defined by the ADA as: Any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

POLICY:

It is the policy of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy (‘Board”) to approve accommodation requests when the examination candidate demonstrates he or she has a qualifying disability. The cost of the accommodation is borne by the Maryland Board. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Reconsideration of a decision is permitted if the applicant can show evidence of new or additional information that is pertinent to their prior request but was omitted from the original request. The appeal must be made within thirty days of the denial.

Confidentiality Statement – The Board and staff shall maintain confidentiality of all medical and diagnostic information and records by securely containing such records in locked file cabinets. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy shall have access to the records. The information will not be released to a third party unless a written authorization is provided by the applicant.

PROCEDURES:

A request for special accommodations MUST accompany the application for licensure by examination. The following supporting documents are required, if applicable:

  • Proof that the student had special accommodations during physical therapy programs studies and testing
  • History of the disability: an individualized Education Plan (IEP) is NOT sufficient documentation alone, but may be considered as part of the information provided
  • Identification of specific standardized and professionally recognized test/assessments given (Woodcock-Johnson, Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale) and the resulting diagnostic report that includes a diagnostic interview, assessment of aptitude, academic achievement, information processing and a diagnosis
  • Diagnostic report including specific recommendations for accommodations supported by the specific test results and clinical observations, which are no more than three years old
  • Document outlining the credentials of the professional providing the evaluation must include the professional’s qualifications to diagnose and treat the specified disability. Documentation is to be submitted on professional letterhead, typed signed and dated. The signature must include the evaluator’s name, title and professional credentials. The Board will accept evaluations from the following professionals:
    • Licensed physicians
    • Licensed psychologists who practice in the field of performing evaluations for assessing individuals for mental disorders that might impact those person’s academic or testing performance.

Board Determination: Once the individual is determined to be covered under the ADA, then the requested accommodation will be considered in terms of whether:

§  The accommodation requested will fundamentally alter the examination

§         The accommodation is appropriate to the identified need

§         The accommodation is reasonable

§         The request is within the parameters of the ADA’s requirements

TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS:

Requests for additional time will generally be granted at time and a half, i.e, an applicant will be allowed 6 hours to complete a 4 hour test.

Requests for separate rooms will be granted if they are available at the test site.

Individual readers or other auxiliary aids will be provided if necessary and approved.

Please complete the Applicant Special Accommodations Request Form 

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