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c) Pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE); and
d) Pass the Georgia Jurisprudence (Georgia Law) exam.
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
509 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Please be aware that the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy does not currently have a reciprocal relationship with any other state. However, an individual who holds a current license in another state is eligible for licensure in Georgia if:
Unless otherwise stated in O.C.G.A. § 43-33-11, an individual must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy in order to practice as a PT/PTA in this state.
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.
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
International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Fax: (310) 342-7086
International Credentialing Associates, Inc. (ICA)
7245 Bryan Dairy Road
Bryan Dairy Business Park
Largo, FL 33777
Phone: (727) 549-8555
Fax: (727) 549-8554
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.
Application processing may take up to twenty-five (25) business days from the receipt of the application in the Board Office. Should there be any information associated with the application which causes it to fall outside of the administrative guidelines established by the Board (i.e. criminal history, disciplinary history, incomplete application, etc.), processing times may be extended and/or Board review may be required.
Applicants may check the status of their application via the "Online Services" section on the Board website or by calling the Board office @ (478) 207-2440 for information..
Once your license has been issued 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.
In addition, effective on February 5, 2015, the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy (“Board”) required all licensees to report compliance with the continuing competence requirements by using the free online system aPTitude. For assistance with your aPTitude account, email aPTitudeHelp@fsbpt.org. Help can also be found in the aPTitude FAQs.
For detailed information concerning Continuing Competence, please review the Board rules and policies that address continuing competence (Rule 490-4 and Board Policy).
Please note that aPTitude will require the licensee to load a certificate of completion or acceptable documentation to verify one's participation in a continuing competence activity. Acceptable documentation may include:
(a) An official program or outline of the course attended or taught or a copy of the publication which clearly shows that the objectives and content were related to patient care in physical therapy and shows the number of contact hours, as appropriate. The information also should clearly identify the licensee's responsibility in teaching or authorship; and
(b) A certificate or verification of completion of home study which identifies the sponsoring entity or maintain a copy of the final grade report in the case of a University credit course(s), or specialization certificate, or proof of attendance with a copy of the program for the other acceptable activities, or documentation of self-instruction or reading professional literature; or
(c) Verification of a peer review of practice with verification of acceptable practice by a recognized entity. An example of a recognized entity is the American Physical Therapy Association Board Policy (See APTA Policy G03-05-15-40).
If a licensee does not have immediate access to scanner in order to upload a copy of the certificate(s), the individual may take a picture of the certificate(s) using a smartphone or digital camera and load a copy onto the aPTitude site in that manner. In the event that it is not an option to use a smartphone or digital camera, the licensee must find some other means to load a copy of the certificate of completion, i.e. use of scanner at a local library or local shipping/mailing/printing companies with scanning capabilities. A failure to load certificates as required will be a violation of the Board Rules and may subject a licensee to disciplinary action by the Board.
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
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 Laws, Rules and Policies governing Physical Therapy in the State of Georgia. Specifically these are Georgia Rules 490-1 through 490-11, Georgia Laws 43-33, Georgia General Provisions 43-1-19 through 43-1-27 and all policy statements.
If a licensee opts to take the Georgia Law Examination in lieu of taking a continuing competency course, the aforementioned will be your study materials. It is also recommended that licensees or candidates for licensure review any recent proposed Law or Rule changes. Current versions of these materials may be accessed on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy website.
For the purposes of aPTitude, those who take the Georgia Law Examination in lieu of taking a continuing competency course on the same subject matter will be required to load a copy of their score report for that exam. A copy of the score report must be obtained from FSBPT (aPTitudeHelp@fsbpt.org).
***PLEASE NOTE*** Those who opt to submit the jurisprudence examination in lieu of taken a jurisprudence course are not able to submit the same test that was taken to obtain licensure for continuing education credit. A new test result will need to be submitted. The rationale behind the Board's position is that laws and rules do change and to use the same test for CE credit during the same cycle one was licensed does not ensure that the licensee has remained abreast of the current laws and rules.
1. See Board Rule 490-3-.02 and Policy #2 for the required
remediation plan information.
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.
O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9.1 Allows for an applicant and/or entity to petition the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy to vary (modify) or waive (not apply) all or part of a rule requirement in their particular situation. In order for a rule or portion thereof to be varied or waived, the petitioner must be able to demonstrate strict application of rule can lead to unreasonable, uneconomical, and unintended results in the petitioner’s particular instance. The statute also allows for the the Board to grant a variance or waiver when the petitioner is able to demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute upon which the rule is based can be or has been achieved by other specific means which are agreeable to the person seeking the variance or waiver and that strict application of the rule would create a substantial hardship to such person.
If an applicant and/or entity desires to make such a petition, you must download and complete a Petition for Rule Variance or Waiver form and submit it along with any supporting documentation to the Board for consideration. You may download the instructions and form by visiting the Application/Form Downloads section on the home page of the Board website.
Please be aware that a failure to properly complete the form and submit the documentation supporting your statements within the petition may result in the denial of the request based on insufficient evidence to substantiate that the application of the rule in your circumstance will cause a hardship.
The petition will be posted for a minimum of fifteen (15 days) on the GeorgiaNet Public Registry and petitioners may conduct a search for their petition on http://services.georgia.gov/sos/sosrw/searchHome.do . Please note that any member of the public, including interested parties, shall have the opportunity to submit written comments in support of or against proposed variances or waivers prior to the Board decision. The Board has up to sixty (60) days from receipt of the petition to render a decision to either grant or deny the petition. The petitioner will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision and the written statement will include relevant facts and the reasons for the Board’s action.