The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Board) is a participant in the FSBPT alternate approval pathway (AAP) for exam eligibility for students in CAPTE accredited programs. With the AAP, FSBPT determines eligibility to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), after receiving confirmation from the school validating a student is on track to graduate. Additional steps are still required by the Board to complete the licensure process.
NOTE: The Board still determines eligibility for Foreign-Educated and Military Trained applicants!
If you have questions or concerns about the application:
For quickest response Email: PTboard@ncptboard.org
During the NC State of Emergency, the office is closed to the public. Email is the preferred method of communication. Leaving more than one message may result in a delayed response.
Phone: 919-490-6393 and leave a voice mail.
This step applies to Exam applicants only. If the applicant is applying by Endorsement or Exam out of State, skip this step. Go to Apply for a License.
Step 1. Register for the NPTE at www.fsbpt.org. Your school must provide verification to FSBPT that you are on track to graduate. After the FSBPT has verified your eligibility, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) email with instructions for reserving a Prometric Testing Center seat. If you require test accommodations, you must request accommodations at the same time you register to take the NPTE.
Step 2. Schedule your exam date and begin your online application process in North Carolina. (This process may take up to 90 days.)
Step 3. Take the exam.
Step 4. Scores for the NPTE will be sent directly to the state you tested through. You may also request a score transfer to other states directly from FSBPT.
****Applicants requiring Special Accommodations for the NPTE should contact FSBPT. FSBPT makes determinations on all Special Accommodations. https://www.fsbpt.org/Secondary-Pages/Exam-Candidates/Testing-Accommodations
Located in the middle of New Application page on the website.
Create a login using your email address. This email address must be an active email that you check regularly and plan to continue to use after your application is submitted. (The email address may be updated through online services at www.ncptboard.org at a later time.)
The process will send a link to your email. Go to your email and click the link. (If there are any login issues after clicking the link, wait approximately 15 minutes, then return to the website. If you do not receive a link email PTboard@ncptboard.org for assistance.)
Login to begin the application: click the emailed link or return to www.ncptboard.org. Click "Apply for PT/PTA License".
The system will walk you through the process. If you have any questions, email PTboard@ncptboard.org.
Note: All Military should check ‘yes’ and enter their Military Status on the Military page.
Note: Question on Work Experience -- Exam applicants can enter N/A for work experience since this pertains to work experience after licensure.
A passport style photo is required. This needs to be a headshot with a white background in a photo
file (i.e. jpg). Passport style photos are available at many drugstores. If your photo was not
included, you can mail/email it to the Board separately. (Go to the Uploads Information on the
applications page for additional instructions)
Note: **In order for Military fees to be waived: Military applicants will also require proof of Military Identification. A Military ID, Orders or Discharge forms may be uploaded. (Go to the Uploads Information on the applications page for additional instructions). These documents are also accepted via email or fax.
Once you have completed the online form and clicked ‘Finish’, you may print your submitted application. You will not be able to change anything that has been submitted.
The next step is to provide payment for your application by secure credit card payment. Once payment is received, you will have access to the application documents and services on the website. Note: Military applicants will have the application fee waived; however, payment is required for FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check costs.
All additional required forms listed below are available on the Application page of the Board website. Login is required.
All Applicants should submit the following: (Exam, Exam out of state, Endorsement, Military and Foreign-Educated)
Step 1: After both the final school transcript and an NPTE passing score are received, along with all other required documents, the completed application is sent to the Board for review and approval.
Step 2: Applicants with Board approved, completed applications with passing scores will then be licensed. When scores are received, any applicant with an incomplete application will be notified by email.
Please send any feedback to: Email: PTboard@ncptboard.org