- PTA NPTE fixed-date testing schedule in 2014
- 2014 PTA Test Dates
- Physical Therapist Assistant Exam Preparation Course July 2014
- PTA Certification Process in New York State
- Limited Permit Rules Regarding Graduating PTAs
- Information from Office of the Professions
- PTA Legislative Issues: MANDATORY EDUCATION
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy’s Board of Directors has determined that the PTA National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) will cease continuous testing after February 29, 2012 and move to fixed dates. This follows a previous decision to move the PT NPTE to fixed-date testing in 2011. The Federation plans on maintaining fixed-date testing indefinitely for both the PT and PTA exams.
The reasons for the move to fixed-date testing for the PTA NPTE are:
- This change will protect the integrity of the PTA exam by offering the PTA NPTE on a limited number of fixed dates. The FSBPT will be able to ensure that the PTA NPTE given on a particular date will not contain previously compromised items. This change in procedure is designed to substantially reduce or eliminate candidates’ ability to gain a score advantage by having advance access to PTA NPTE questions. The new procedure’s purpose is to ensure the validity of scores on the PTA NPTE and fulfill the member boards’ and FSBPT’s shared responsibility of protecting the public.
- To return to a single testing mode for the National Physical Therapy Examination program.
The schedule for fixed-testing dates for 2014 can be found in the table below.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline (includes registration and payment)||Jurisdiction Approval Deadline|
|January 29||December 23, 2013||January 2|
|April 30||March 26||April 2|
|July 22 & 23||June 12||June 24|
|October 29||September 24||October 1|
Therapy Ed from Evanston, IL will be offering the Physical Therapist Assistant Exam Preparation Course at SUNY Orange, Middletown campus, on July 8, 2014. Please see the following link below on how to register for this course. If have any other questions feel free to contact Ed Leonard, ACCE, at (845)341-4280 or email@example.com.
- New York State Physical Therapy Association†
- American Physical Therapy Association†
- New York State Education Department Office of the Professions-Physical Therapy†
- Continuing Education: Questions & Answers for PTs and PTAs †
- Frequently Asked Practice Questions†
- Test Your Knowledge of Law and Practice†
- Article 136, NYS Practice Act†
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy† -NPTE information
- Prometric (NPTE locations and scheduling process)†
- Read all pertinent information on NYS Education Dept. website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt/ptlic.htm†
- Submit Form 2 to Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) which will be processed through Registrar's Office upon completion of all academic/clinical coursework
- Mail Form 1 (which must be notarized) with attached photo and $103 fee to:
NYS Education Department*If you have a documented disability, you may request special accommodations to take the National Physical Therapy Examination. You would need to contact Albany for details. Be aware that you must request special accommodations at the time you submit your initial application (Form 1) to Albany.
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201
- Mail Form 5 with $50 fee only if you wish to work under a limited permit before taking the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs and receiving your certification. Refer to Limited Permit Rules below in next section.
Typically the State Licensing Agency (only after it has received both Form 1 and Form 2) takes approximately 2-3 weeks to inform the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) that you are cleared to apply to FSBPT to take the required National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.
The state does not officially notify you that you have been cleared to be able to take the exam. You may register on-line any time on the FSBPT web site:
https://pt.fsbpt.net/examregistration/† to take the exam, but must wait for the State jurisdiction to confirm your eligibility to take the exam at the following web site:
AUTHORIZATION TO TAKE NPTE ISSUED BY FSBPT: 800/881-1430
If documentation requires it, Orange County Community College School Code is 0117
- Read pertinent information about NPTE on FSBPT web site http://www.fsbpt.org† including Candidate's Handbook
- Complete registration on-line https://pt.fsbpt.net/examregistration† and include $350 payment by credit card or indicate that you will send a money order. You will be asked if you wish to authorize release of your NPTE scores to Orange County Community College PTA Program Director. We encourage you to indicate "yes" to authorize the release. Schools use this valuable information to help evaluate their programs.
- It is critical that your first and last name on your registration and ATT letter (see last bullet in this section) exactly match your two forms of ID, such as driver's license or a passport and second ID - which is preprinted with your name and includes your signature (such as a credit card). On both forms of ID, your signature must match your preprinted name. A social security card is NOT an acceptable form of identification
- Receive "Authorization to Test" letter (ATT) which now allows you to contact Prometric Exam Site to schedule your exam within 60 days of the date on your ATT letter. You are now able to download your ATT letter from the Federation's web site one day after you are determined to be eligible for the exam by the State jurisdiction. You no longer have to wait for the ATT letter to arrive by mail. Go on-line to https://pt.fsbpt.net/requeststatus/† to view your status which could be any of the following:
- awaiting jurisdiction approval
- eligible for exam (probably 3 weeks after Clinical Education III completion)
- ineligible for exam
PROMETRIC EXAM SCHEDULING:
- Read all pertinent information on Prometric web site - http://www.prometric.com† and Candidate's Handbook on FSBPT web site as described above
- View listing of Prometric Testing sites and select one that is the most convenient for you
- Contact Prometric to schedule exam for your chosen site. It is suggested that you schedule early in the allowable 60 days. Read details about rescheduling with required advance notice, if applicable
- $70 prepayment to Prometric
- It is suggested that you reconfirm appointment date, time and location before test date 800/796-9857
PROMETRIC TEST PROCEDURE:
- Read details on Prometric web site and Candidate's Handbook (see above)
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early for being processed prior to exam appointment (officials need to check your two forms of ID, fingerprint, take photo, have you sign Security Agreement, etc. (If your two forms of ID do not match your first name and last name on you registration form, you will NOT be allowed to sit for the exam and will have to reapply for the exam and forfeit any fees already paid.
- Be aware that NPTE questions are "owned" by the FSBPT and are protected by Federal Copyright Law. It is illegal and unethical to recall (memorize) and share questions that are on the NPTE or to solicit questions that are on the NPTE from candidates who have taken the exam.
Please note that the information listed above is meant to assist you but is not all-inclusive. You are ultimately responsible for obtaining information directly from new york state education department, federation of state boards of physical therapy as well as prometric.
Effective February 9, 2003, limited permits may be issued to physical therapist assistants; the fee is $50. Limited permits for physical therapist assistants are valid for 6 months. An application for a limited permit (Form 5) must be filed with or after submitting an Application for Licensure (Form 1 and $103 fee). A limited permit cannot be issued until all required documents are received, including Form 2 from the college acknowledging that the student has completed all academic and clinical components of the program and is a student in good standing. Only upon documented approval of the limited permit (issuance of limited permit number by New York State), is the graduating PTA able to begin employment as a PTA. You may view your limited permit number when your number has been issued by going to the New York State Education Department web site at http://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htm† and scroll to and click on the profession of Physical Therapist Assistant; be sure to enter your name in the permit section, not the license section.
The limited permit issued is good for 6 months only. A PTA graduate may apply for and receive confirmation of a second limited permit which is also for 6 months only, but this second limited permit is only approved if the graduate has already taken and failed the National Physical Therapy Examination or has already applied to take the NPTE. Therefore a graduating PTA student may only work for up to a total of one year on limited permits. The issuance of a second 6 month term limited permit is NOT automatic. Do not let the first permit expire if planning to request a second limited permit.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Only Physical Therapist graduates have a 90 day exemption immediately following graduation, assuming they have abided by several rules. This exemption does NOT apply to physical therapist assistant graduates.
The Department may issue limited permits to an applicant for licensure which authorize the practice of physical therapy under the on-site supervision of a New York State licensed and currently registered physical therapist. On-site supervision means that the supervising physical therapist is in the same facility and readily available to the permittee.
An applicant receiving a limited permit is restricted to employment in a public hospital, an incorporated hospital or clinic, a licensed proprietary hospital, a licensed nursing home, a public health agency, a recognized public or non-public school setting, the office of a licensed physical therapist, or in the civil service of New York State or a political subdivision in New York State.
PTA graduates must obtain a new permit if they change employment after a limited permit is issued. In other words, with each prospective employer, a new Form 5 needs to be submitted to the Office of the Professions. A new Form 5 would also need to be submitted if you continue to work in the same facility but have a different supervisor. A new fee is not required for a permit issued as a result of a change in employment or change of supervisor in the same facility.
It is important for all PTA graduates working under a limited permit to remember that until they obtain their official certification, they must sign documents/charts with their signature followed by ", PTA-limited permittee".
Currently, Regents Rules define as unprofessional conduct the failure to wear a badge when a licensee is “an employee or operator of a hospital, clinic, group practice or multi-professional facility, registered pharmacy or at a commercial establishment offering health care services to the public.”
National Physical Therapy Licensing Exam Violations/Punishment
Board of Regents annul four physical therapists’ registrations The Board of Regents annulled the registrations of four physical therapists licensed in New York when the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) invalidated the individuals’ test scores on the licensing examination. These individuals may not practice as licensed physical therapists until they meet all requirements for licensure. The FSBPT invalidated the candidates’ examination scores after a lengthy investigation into the apparent trafficking of recalled examination questions by Philippine exam preparation centers several years ago. FSBPT received copies of test preparation materials provided to student customers of the centers, which confirmed the use of live test questions from past National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Possession of examination questions could be a violation of federal copyright laws and provide an unfair advantage to certain individuals attempting the examination.
In an effort to assess the potential effects of using recalled test items, FSBPT retained Caveon to conduct a comprehensive forensic analysis of all NPTE test results occurring from March 1, 2005 through June 5, 2007. This analysis examined the performances of all candidates on 23,512 test administrations to determine whether or not candidates with prior access to recalled test items received an undue advantage on the licensing examination. Caveon’s forensic analysis established that at least 20 individuals did, in fact, benefit unfairly from advance access to recalled test items so that the FSBPT Board of Directors invalidated these candidates test scores. Affected candidates will be afforded the opportunity to re-take the NPTE, at no cost to them, one time over the course of the next 12 months. These candidates are able at any time during or after the expiration of this 12-month period to re-take the NPTE at their own expense, subject to FSBPT’s existing exam policies and procedures.
As of June 11, 2013 the NYPTA are pleased to tell you that legislation NYPTA put forward that will allow PTAs to treat injured workers under the New York Workers' Compensation System — S.3555 (Griffo) and A.7293 (Zebrowski) — is moving in both houses.
On July 8, 2008, Governor Patterson signed into law a bill that will require mandatory education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants licensed/certified in New York State.
The law is described in detail on the New York State Department of Education web site†. A few key elements are the following:
- 36 hours of continuing education are required over each registration period (3years)
- The law will become effective on September 1, 2009; CEUs taken before September 1, 2009 CANNOT be used to meet the requirement. For those that have renewal dates from January 1, 2010 through September 1, 2012, there will be a proration schedule of 1/2 credit hour per month. Refer to chart† on NYSED web site. Licensees whose registration is due to be renewed on or after October 1, 2012, must complete 1.0 hour of continuing education for each month of the Registration Period.
- New graduate physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will NOT have to meet this requirement during their first 3 year license/certification timeframe.
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