After graduation from an accredited physical therapy education program* candidates must pass a state-administered national exam to obtain licensure or certification required in most states. Other requirements vary from state to state according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy. Visit the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) website for more information about PTA licensure/certification requirements.
* The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the only accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
Visit the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for more information about state PTA licensure/certification requirements.