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Physical Therapy Licensing Information

Application Instructions

  • Application by Examination

    Examination candidates are responsible for three types of payment, which must be submitted before being permitted to sit for the examination:

    • Professional Licensing Agency: A fee of $100 to the Professional Licensing Agency with your application which may be submitted online.
    • Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT): Visit http://www.fsbpt.org/ to register online for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). The NPTE fee of $485.00 can be paid by credit card or debit card. Do not send this fee with your PLA application.  *Fee increase effective January 1, 2019.
    • Prometric Computerized Testing: (http://www.prometric.com/). Physical therapist applicants must submit $65 and physical therapist assistant applicants must submit $50 to the testing center at the time of examination scheduling.

    Required Documentation

    1. Application: Submit an application online at MyLicense.IN.gov with the $100.00 application fee.
    2. Criminal Background Check
    3. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    4. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Transcript: An official (certified) transcript of grades that shows the degree has been conferred. Transcripts must come directly from the degree granting institution. Graduates of a foreign program must submit an official translation if the transcript is not in English. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Credential Evaluation: Graduates of a foreign program must submit a credentials evaluation completed within the last six (6) months. If an applicant has an evaluation that is greater than six (6) months old, they may request a letter from the credential evaluation service to accompany their outdated evaluation which would indicate that if an evaluation were completed at present the outcome would not change. Approved credentialing services are available here. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Social Security Number:  Your application cannot be processed without this information.

    Once you submit your application for the examination and required documentation to the Indiana Physical Therapy Board and meet the requirements for the examination, you need to visit http://www.fsbpt.org/ to register for the examination.

    Testing Accommodation Request

    If you have a disability that may require some accommodation in taking this examination, please fill out the Testing Accommodation Request Form and return it to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. You may also request this form be mailed to you by calling (317) 234-8800. If you are hearing or speech impaired, you may utilize the Indiana Relay System by calling 1-800-743-3333. If accommodation is requested prior to the application deadline, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodations on-site.

  • Application by Endorsement - Method Expired - See Reciprocity
    1. Application: Submit an application online at MyLicense.IN.gov with the $100.00 application fee.
    2. Criminal Background Check
    3. Positive Response Documentation: If you answer "Yes" to any questions on the application, explain fully in a statement that includes all details. Include the violation, location, date, cause number, and disposition. Submit copies of court documents for each instance to support the statement. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    4. Name Change Documentation: Documentation of any legal name change if your name differs from that on any of your documents. Documentation may include a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    5. Transcript: An official (certified) transcript of grades that shows the degree has been conferred. Transcripts must come directly from the degree granting institution. Graduates of a foreign program must submit an official translation if the transcript is not in English. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    6. Credential Evaluation: Graduates of a foreign program must submit a credentials evaluation completed within the last six (6) months. If an applicant has an evaluation that is greater than six (6) months old, they may request a letter from the credential evaluation service to accompany their outdated evaluation which would indicate that if an evaluation were completed at present the outcome would not change. Approved credentialing services are available here.  Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    7. Social Security Number: Your application cannot be processed without this information.
    8. License Verification: Verification of state licensure must be completed by every state where you hold or have held a license or certification.  This must be submitted to the Indiana Physical Therapy Board by the state in which you hold or have held a license or certification. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
    9. FSBPT Score Report: Official National Physical Therapy Exam score transfer report from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Please visit their website at www.fsbpt.org to have your exam scores transferred to the Indiana Physical Therapy Board.  Passing score on this exam is a converted score of seventy-five (75).
  • Temporary Permit Applicants

    To obtain a temporary permit to practice as a physical therapist or a physical therapist's assistant, you must also apply for full licensure or certification to practice in the state of Indiana. A person with a temporary permit may only practice physical therapy under the direct supervision of an Indiana licensed physical therapist who is responsible for the patient.

    A temporary permit shall expire on the earliest date that any one (1) of the following occurs:

    1. Applicant becomes licensed or certified.
    2. Application for licensure or certification is disapproved.
    3. Ninety (90) days has passed since the issuance of the temporary permit.

    Required Documentation for Exam Applicants

    1. Application: Submit an application online at MyLicense.IN.gov with the $50.00 temporary permit fee
    2. Supervision Form: The Affirmation of Supervision, page 3 of State Form 9111, must be completed by the supervising Indiana licensed physical therapist indicating he/she will be providing direct supervision to the applicant. Please upload at the time of application or log back into your account and use the License Update option.
  • Information Regarding Reciprocity and Provisional Licenses
    • Licensure by Reciprocity: The Board shall issue a license to an applicant if the applicant satisfies the following conditions:
      • Holds a current license from another state or jurisdiction; and
        • that state's or jurisdiction's requirements for a license are substantially equivalent to or exceed the requirements for a license of the Board; or
        • when the person was licensed or certified by another state:
          • there were minimum education requirements in the other state or jurisdiction;
          • if there were applicable work experience and clinical supervision requirements in effect, the person met those requirements to be licensed in that state; and
          • if required by the other state or jurisdiction, the person previously passed an examination required for the license or certification.
      • Has not committed any act in any state or jurisdiction that would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license, certificate, registration, or permit to practice that occupation in Indiana at the time the act was committed.
      • Does not have a complaint or an investigation pending before the regulating agency in another state or jurisdiction that relates to unprofessional conduct.
      • Is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the agency that has authority to issue the license or certification.
      • If a law regulating the applicant's occupation requires the board to administer an examination on the relevant laws of Indiana, the Board may require the applicant to take and pass an examination specific to the laws of Indiana.
      • Pays any fees required by the Board for which the applicant is seeking licensure.
    • Provisional Licenses: An applicant for a license by reciprocity is entitled to a provisional license, if all the following conditions are met:
      • The individual signs an attestation, under the penalties for perjury, the following:
        • The individual is in good standing in all states and jurisdictions in which the individual holds a license or certificate for the occupation applied for.
        • The individual has not had a license revoked and has not voluntarily surrendered a license in another state or jurisdiction while under investigation for unprofessional conduct.
        • The individual has not had discipline imposed by the regulating agency for the occupation in another state or jurisdiction.
        • The individual does not have a complaint or an investigation pending before the regulating agency in another state or jurisdiction that relates to unprofessional conduct.
      • The individual does not have a disqualifying criminal history.
      • The individual submits verification that the individual is currently licensed or certified in at least one (1) other state or jurisdiction in the occupation applied for.
      • The individual has submitted an application for a license or certificate under this chapter with the board and has paid any application fee.
    • Expiration of Provisional Licenses: A provisional license expires on the earlier of the following:
      • Three hundred sixty-five (365) days after it is issued.
      • The date on which the board approves and issues the individual a license for the occupation.
      • The date on which the board denies the individual's application for a license or certificate for the occupation.

Renewal Instructions

  • Renewal Information
    • Renew Online!
    • Physical Therapy licenses and Physical Therapy Assistant certifications expire on June 30 of even-numbered years.
    • The physical therapist and physical therapist's assistant renewal fee is $100.00
    • All PT and PTA licensees are required to obtain continuing competency in order to renew their license. For more information regarding CC please scroll down to the Continuing Competency section.

    Renewal notices are sent approximately ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date. License holders with valid email addresses on file will be emailed the renewal notice. Those who do not have valid email addresses on file will be mailed the license renewal notice; this notice is mailed to the address of record with the board. The board has no way of knowing whether or not a notice reaches its destination; therefore when a notice has been emailed to a valid email address or mailed, the duty of the board has been performed.

    Paper Renewal Documents

    To renew your license by paper, you must select a document below. Print and mail the completed form with the required renewal fee to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The address is on the form, and checks should be made payable to 'Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.'

    PT/PTA Renewal Form

    PT/PTA Reinstatement Form - Expired for 3 or More Years

    Expired over 3 years

    To reinstate your license if it has been expired over 3 years, you must submit the following to our office:
    1. PT/PTA Reinstatement Form seen above
    2. Reinstatement fee of $200.00
    3. Letter of work history detailing your employment since your Indiana license expired
    4. Verification of any other state licenses held
    5. Proof of continuing education totaling 22 hours with 2 hours in ethics and Indiana jurisprudence. These hours must be obtained within the last 24 months.

  • Continuing Competency Information

    Effective February 27, 2013 all PT and PTA licensees will be required to obtain continuing education competency in order to renew their license. The Board will require all licensees to have completed twenty-two (22) hours of continuing competency activities for the biennial renewal period, of which two (2) hours must be in an ethics and Indiana jurisprudence course as it relates to the practice of physical therapy. These hours must be obtained within the renewal period and cannot be carried over from one renewal period to another.

    Approved continuing education may be found at the following websites:
    FSBPT's website is: http://pt.fsbpt.net/aptitude
    Ethics and Jurisprudence portion may be found at INAPTA's website: http://education.inapta.org/

    In the Board's statute/rules you will find the following information:
    Sec. 5. (a) In addition to those approved organizations approved under IC 25-1-4-0.2, the following organizations are approved organizations for the purpose of approving and sponsoring continuing competency courses without making further application to the committee:(1) American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
    (2) American Physical Therapy Association Indiana Chapter (INAPTA).
    (3) Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
    (4) United States Department of Education.
    (5) Council on Postsecondary Education.
    (6) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.
    (7) Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations.
    (8) Federal, state, and local governmental agencies.
    (9) A national, state, district, or local organization that operates as an affiliated entity under the approval of any organization listed in subdivisions (1) through (8).
    (10) A college or other teaching institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Education or a regional accreditation association.
    (b) The committee will approve continuing competency activities if it determines that the activity:
    (1) contributes directly to professional competency;
    (2) relates directly to the practice, management, or education of physical therapy practitioners; and
    (3) is conducted by individuals who have demonstrated expertise in the subject matter of the program.
    Prior approval by the committee is not required for the aforementioned approved organizations. Proof of content shall be demonstrated by the original workshop or conference brochure, agenda, or materials given to participants during the presentations and evidence of successful completion of the course provided by the course instructor, such as certificate of completion or signed agenda indicating completion. (Medical Licensing Board of Indiana; 844 IAC 6-8-5; filed Jan 30, 2013, 12:31 p.m.: 20130227-IR-844120204FRA)

Fee Schedule

  • Physical Therapy Applications/Renewals
    Physical Therapy Application/RenewalFeePenaltyTotal
    Certified Physical Therapy Assistant$100NA$100
    Physical Therapist License by Examination$100NA$100
    Pysical Therapist License by Endorsement$100NA$100
    Temporary Permit$50NA$50
    Renewal - every two (2) years; due 6/30 of even-numbered years$100NA$100
    Renewal - Expired up to 3 years$100$50$150
    Renewal - Expired more than 3 years (see IC 25-1-8-6) $100$100$200

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