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  • Submit completed application along with appropriate fee. Applications may be found on our website. 
  • Applicants must be graduates of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited school. Applicants must provide official transcript from the institution granting the entry level degree in physical therapy or physical therapy assistant indicating the date of graduate;

c) Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE); and
d) Pass the Georgia Jurisprudence (Georgia Law) exam

  • The Board office processes applications on a daily basis in the order in which they are received.
  • The Board office contacts the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to make him/her eligible for the Georgia Law Exam. A candidate must take the Georgia Law Exam within 180 days of our receipt of his or her application.
  • An applicant may apply with FSBPT for the Georgia Law exam when he or she submits his or her application for licensure. A candidate has to sit for the exam within 180 days of registering for the exam with FSBPT. He/she will not be allowed to test until we contact FSBPT letting them know the candidate is eligible.
  • An applicant must request from his/her college/university that the official school transcript be sent to the Board office. Once the Board office receives the applicant’s transcript, we contact FSBPT to let them know the applicant is eligible to take the national exam (NPTE).
  • The applicant may register for the NPTE at the same time he/she applies for the GA Law Exam; however, he/she will not be allowed to test until we make them eligible to take the exam. A candidate has to sit for the exam within 6 months of registering for the exam with FSBPT.
  • Applicants are encouraged to register for the exams and apply for licensure simultaneously. Administratively, it is an easier process to make someone eligible to test when the application is approved or the transcript received; otherwise, we have to wait and pull eligibility reports which may create a delay.
  • Exam results are usually sent within 5-10 days of our receipt of the scores from FSBPT.
  • To register for the exams, contact FSBPT at:

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
509 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
phone: 703-299-3100
fax: 703-299-3110
http://www.fsbpt.org/

  • NPTE provides a candidate handbook which answers questions about the exam, including some sample questions. The candidate handbook may be found at:

http://www.fsbpt.org/ForCandidatesAndLicensees/NPTE/CandidateHandbook/index.asp

  • Board staff cannot provide information about the contents of the exams. The best advice concerning the Georgia law exam is to be familiar with all Georgia laws and Board rules that relate to the practice of physical therapy. 

Yes. If the state where you are currently licensed has licensure requirements that are substantially equal to or greater than Georgia requirements and you are not otherwise ineligible for licensure, you are eligible for licensure in Georgia.

You cannot use your out of state license to practice in Georgia.

You must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy in order to practice in Georgia. 

Submit a completed application, along with the appropriate fee. Applications may be found on our website.>

Applicants must be graduates of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited school; 

Applicants must provide official transcript from the institution granting the entry level degree in physical therapy or physical therapy assistant indicating the date of graduate;

Applicants must submit verification of licensure from all states in which they have ever been issued a license, regardless of current status; and
Applicants must submit passing scores from the NPTE.

Regardless of the state requirements in the state you are transferring from, applicants will be required to obtain the minimum number of continuing competence hours required by Georgia (30 per biennium). (See Rule 490-4 and Board Policy)

Applicants must submit passing scores from the Georgia law exam.

An applicant who has taken the NPTE four or more times before receiving a passing score on the exam will be required to submit further evidence of competency or stipulations as determined by the Board.   

Applicants must submit a completed application along with appropriate fees. Applications may be found on our website.

Foreign trained applicants must take and pass the NPTE. Upon successful completion of the NPTE and submission of transcripts and fees, a period of practice under a traineeship permit is required prior to Georgia licensure.

Applicants must submit Official evaluation and transcript from a credential evaluation organization approved by the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy. Currently, the Board recognizes the following credentialing evaluation agencies:

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
511 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1917
Phone: (703) 684-8406
Fax: (703) 684-8715
www.fccpt.org

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086
www.ierf.org

International Credentialing Associates, Inc. (ICA)
7245 Bryan Dairy Road
Bryan Dairy Business Park
Largo, FL 33777
Phone: (727) 549-8555
Fax: (727) 549-8554
www.icaworld.com


Applicants must submit official transcript from college or university;

Applicants must submit passing scores from the NPTE.    

Applicants must submit an Application for Reinstatement along with the appropriate fees. Applications may be found on our website. 

Applicants must submit proof of Continuing Competency including course outlines/objectives pursuant to Rule Chapter 490-4 and Board Policy.

Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae or Resume which details their work history for at least the past two years.

If an applicant has not been actively practicing physical therapy for the past two or more years, he/she will be required to complete the required hours of supervised practice under a training permit as set forth under Board Rule 490-2-.04 and the applicable Board Policy.

Applicants must submit verification of licensure from all states in which the applicant has ever been licensed, regardless of current status. 

Applications will remain active for one (1) year. After that time, an applicant must reapply if he/she has not completed all of the application requirements.    

Once your application is complete and all of the supporting documents have been received, your application file will be reviewed within 15 working days. If your application requires Board review, it will take longer for processing.

You will then receive a license if you meet the requirements. If you are not eligible for a license, you will receive a letter indicating the status of your application.  

Once your license is issue you may view your license verification online.  Additionally, you may print your license from our website or order a hard copy.  The fee for the latter is $25.

No. Georgia does not issue temporary licenses. The Board does issue Training Permits as set forth under Board Rule 490-2-.04 and the applicable Board Policy. 

The Professional Licensing Boards Division is pleased to offer licensees the opportunity to update license address information and renew their professional licensure via our secure website.

Please submit a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order, as well as your license number. A copy of your driver’s license or social security card is not acceptable.You may fax it to 866-888-1308.

Yes. The board requires 30 clock hours between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2007 and 30 clock hours during each biennium thereafter. A minimum of four (4) hours per biennium must be in ethics and jurisprudence. Continuing Competency hours submitted must be beyond the licensee’s current level of competence to practice Physical Therapy.

The rolling over of unused hours will not be allowed from one biennium to the next biennium.

For detailed information concerning Continuing Competence, please review the Board rules and policies that address continuing competence (Rule 490-4 and Board Policy).

Yes, all licenses expire December 31 of odd years. You may renew your license online during the renewal period.

If an exam candidate fails the exam after the first attempt, he/she may resubmit an application for reexamination to the Board to be made eligible for a second time.

b) An applicant who fails the examination on the second attempt must submit the following before being made eligible for a third attempt:

1) A copy of his/her “Examination Performance Feedback Report” obtained from FSBPT, and pay all costs associated with obtaining the report.
2) A remediation plan addressing each area of weakness/failure (See Board rule 490-3-.02 and Board Policy).
3) Proof of satisfactory completion of such remediation plan.
4) An applicant must be administratively approved to take the exam a third time after the above procedure has been completed and approved.

c) Board rule 490-3-.02 and Board Policy #2 give further information for candidates who fail the exam more than three times. Please refer to the Board rules and policies should a candidate need to take the exam more than three (3) times.

An acceptable 4-hour continuing competency course must include a review of the Georgia General Provisions and the Rules and Laws governing Physical Therapy in the State of Georgia. Specifically these are Georgia Rules 490-1 through 490-11, Georgia Laws 43-33, and Georgia General Provisions 43-1-19 through 43-1-27.

Also recommended is a review of the Georgia Code of Ethics as specified in GA Rules 490-9 and a review of any recent Laws or Rules changes. Current versions of the General Provisions, Rules and Laws may be accessed on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy website. 

1. See Board Rule 490-3-.02 and Policy #2 for the required remediation plan information.
2. Obtain an Exam Performance Feedback from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to determine your areas of weakness.
3. Establish your plan addressing your weak areas as determined on the Exam Performance Feedback form.
4. Find a mentor, i.e. A PT or PTA teacher or an experienced clinician, to help formulate and carry out a plan of study. This mentor must be named and sign the remediation plan. We strongly recommend consulting with the faculty at your PT/PTA program.

Suggested Methods of Study

Note: You must provide details (time, date, place, subject, chapter, etc.) of the method(s) you choose:


1. Review physical therapy texts appropriate to your weak areas and list which texts and chapters you will study.
2. Audit classes at an established physical therapy program.
3. Participate in a physical therapy study group.
4. Volunteer and observe in a physical therapy clinic by shadowing a PT or PTA (Note: you may not perform hands-on patient care until you are licensed.)
5. Attend a physical therapy course that addresses your area of weakness.
6. Meet with a professor/instructor from your PT program to discuss ideas to address your areas of weakness.
7. Take an exam review course. 

Pursuant to O.C.G.A.§43-33-1, the Board will consider for approval educational institutions for the purposes of offering programs to develop advanced physical therapy skills. All educational institutions that are providing such advanced training must petition the Board prior to allowing practice of residents/fellows unlicensed in Georgia and enrolled in said program.  

The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy does not provide legal advice regarding specific scope of practice questions.  Please review the Georgia statutes and Board Rules carefully as most individuals are able to answer their questions with relative ease.

It is important to remember that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must practice within their scope and in accordance with the law and rules.

The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy does not issue letters of good standing.  If another licensing authority or employer requires an official statement about the status of a license in this state, the licensee must complete the license verification request form and submit it along with the applicable fee to the board office.  The license verification request will be processed and forwarded to the entity indicated on the form.


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