The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) announces that National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) testing restrictions will be removed for graduates of Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines effective November 1, 2010.
In revisiting its previous decision, the FSBPT Board of Directors concluded that there is not a sufficiently high level of forensic evidence to justify any further temporary suspension of graduates from Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines from sitting for the PTA NPTE.
FSBPT will offer NPTE-i (formerly NPTE-YRLY) two times in 2011 for PT candidates.
The NPTE-i (formerly NPTE-YRLY) will be offered twice in 2011 for PT candidates: May and December. The NPTE-i is the alternative form of the National Physical Therapy Examination that is designated for candidates who received their first professional degree from Egypt, India, Pakistan or the Philippines (restricted countries). The creation of the NPTE-i was a result of pervasive, ongoing security breaches by significant numbers of graduates of physical therapy schools from the restricted countries.
The NPTE-i will be like all the other forms of the NPTE. The PT version will be 250 items and candidates will have five hours to complete the exam. The NPTE-i will provide a fair assessment of entry-level competence. It is being prepared using the same review procedures and will adhere to all of the same quality standards that apply to all other NPTE forms.
Plans for exam administration for 2012 for candidates in the restricted groups will be announced in 2011 but it is worth noting that the goal of FSBPT is to offer the NPTE-i at least twice during 2012.