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Preparation for Licensing Exam

University of the Incarnate Word FSBPT school code: 4444


In addition to having successfully completed an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy program, physical therapists must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) governed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). They must also comply with individual state licensing board requirements. A complete content outline of the NPTE is available online.

Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate can sit for for the NPTE four (4) times each year (January, April, July, and October). They must apply to the state they intend to work in and receive approval prior to taking the examination.

Preparation for the Licensing Examination

UIW SoPT conducts ongoing assessment of the curriculum and examination of contemporary clinical practice to ensure that its graduates are well prepared for being successful on the licensing examination. To facilitate familiarization with the testing style and the examination itself, the SoPT provides opportunities for the students to take a mock licensure exam at least twice during the course of the program. It also hosts a national physical therapy exam preparation workshop prior to graduation.