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State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Licensure Questions:


Licensure Questions

  1. What is jurisdiction approval?
    Jurisdiction approval is the licensing authorityís (State that you applied for licensure) approval of your eligibility to take the National Physical Therapy Examination.

  2. What is needed in order for me to obtain jurisdiction approval from the State of New Jersey?
    You must submit your application for licensure to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by the application deadline. If you graduated from an accredited college/university in the United States, the Board office must have your transcript with your physical therapy or physical therapist assistant degree conferred on the transcript by the jurisdiction approval deadline. Please visit the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy for jurisdiction deadline dates.

    If you graduated from a school outside the United States (applies to physical therapist applicants only), you must submit your application for licensure to the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by the application deadline. The Board office must have a credential evaluation report that confirms that your education is substantially equivalent to a first professional physical therapy degree in the United States. The Board office must also have your current passing TOEFL scores (all sections of the TOEFL must have a passing score). The Board must receive the TOEFL scores directly from TOEFL. The credential evaluation report and TOEFL scores must be reviewed and approved by the full Board prior to jurisdiction approval.


  3. How do I receive my Authorization to Test letter?
    The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy will send you an authorization to test letter once it receives jurisdiction approval from the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.


  4. Can I complete the criminal history background check process before I submit an application for licensure?
    No. All applicants must submit an application first. Once the application has been processed, the applicant will receive a letter providing him or her with information on how to be fingerprinted.


  5. What is the fee for a physical therapist license?
    If a physical therapist applicant is eligible for a license during the first year of the biennial renewal period (February 1st of every even year through January 31st of every odd year), the fee for a license is $110.00.

    If a physical therapist applicant is eligible for a license during the second year of the biennial renewal period (February 1st of every odd year through January 31st of every even year), the fee for a license is $55.00.

    Once an applicant is determined to be eligible for a license, the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will notify the applicant and at that time the applicant can submit the licensure fee.


  6. What is the fee for a physical therapist assistant license?
    If a physical therapist assistant applicant is eligible for a license during the second year of the biennial renewal period (February 1st of every odd year through January 31st of every even year), the fee for a license is $50.00.

    Once an applicant is determined to be eligible for a license, the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners will notify the applicant and at that time the applicant can submit the licensure fee.


  7. Am I eligible to apply for a physical therapist assistant license if I have a physical therapy degree or am educated as a physical therapist?
    No. Licensing requirements for a physical therapist assistant include having completed a two-year physical therapist assistant program and all clinical education requirements for graduation form a physical therapist assistant program from an accredited college or university approved for the education and training of physical therapist assistants by an accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Post Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. N.J.A.C. 13:39A-5.2


  8. Am I eligible to apply for a physical therapist license if I have a masterís degree in exercise and sports science?
    No. Licensing requirements for a physical therapist include possessing a minimum of a masterís degree in physical therapy from an accredited college or university and having completed all clinical education requirements necessary for graduation from a physical therapy program approved for the education and training of physical therapists by an accrediting agency recognized by the Council of Post Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.


  9. If I received my first professional physical therapy degree from a school/university in a country other than the United States of American, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Canada except Quebec Province, Australia, or Zealand but also received a post-professional degree from a school/university in the United States of America, must I take and pass TOEFL?
    Yes, you must take and pass each section of TOEFL.




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