Licensing Requirements

Education Requirement

  1. United States Educated Applicants - Each applicant for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must have completed a CAPTE approved program of physical therapy education appropriate for preparation as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant and successfully passed the National Physical Therapy Exam(NPTE).
  2. Non-United States Educated Applicants - All foreign educated therapists applying for a PT license in Alabama must complete a credentials review through FCCPT. A copy of the evaluation from FCCPT plus an English translated copy of the transcript must be sent directly to the board from this credentialing agency. Foreign educated physical therapist applicants must submit their education credentials directly to:

    Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy
    124 West St., South; Third Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Telephone (800) 881-1430
    Fax (703) 684-8715

    The Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) provides an online tool to assist the foreign educated applicant to assess their status before they start the application process. CLICK HERE to get started.

    The board shall make the sole judgment in determining whether educational credentials are equivalent and acceptable.

Good Moral Character Required

    The determination as to what constitutes other than good moral character and reputation shall be solely within the judgment of the board. Licensure shall be refused to any applicant who is of other than good moral character.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application with $100 Application Fee paid.
  • Official School Transcript.
  • NPTE Score sent to Board Office.
  • Photo ID.
  • Licensure by Score transfer, 10 hours of continuing education completed in the last 12 months, unless graduation has been within the past 12 months.
  • Licensure by Score transfer, applicant must have official verification from each state they hold a license.

Jurisprudence Requirement

All applicants for licensure must complete two (2) hours of continuing education on the topic of Alabama physical therapy jurisprudence, covering both the Practice Act and the Administrative Code prior to the next year’s license renewal.

Temporary License