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Physical Therapy Licensure Information

  • Licensure by Examination - Instructions for ND licensure for applicants who have yet to take the National Physical Therapy Examination.
  • Licensure by Endorsement - Instructions for ND licensure for applicants who are currently licensed in another jurisdiction and are seeking licensure in North Dakota.
  • Licensure by Reinstatement - Instructions for ND licensure for applicants who previously held a ND license.
Physical Therapist Licensure By Examination

The requirements for physical therapists interested in applying for licensure with North Dakota & taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) are as follows:
  1. Complete the online license application as a Physical Therapist or submit a completed application to the ND Board of PT Office.
  2. Payment can be made online using a credit card or enclose a check for $240 payable to the ND Board of PT, $200 for the non-refundable application fee and $40 for the criminal background check.
  3. Juris Prudence: This is an open book exam which can be completed by using up the Rules & Regulations and ND PT Practice Act in the right menu bar.
    • If you are completing the application online the Juris Prudence is included in the online application.
    • If you are completing a paper application: Download, complete and return the Juris Prudence Examination.
  4. An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, indicating completion of an accredited physical therapist program, must be sent directly from the school of graduation. If an official transcript is not available at the time of application, a letter from the school director indicating graduation will be accepted for approval to sit for the NPTE.
  5. Applications for the NPTE must be done online through the FSBPT, and can be completed at anytime. You will not be cleared to sit for the NPTE until the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy notifies the FSBPT that they have received all of your application materials and payment. Please refer to the FSBPT website at www.fsbpt.net/pt for information on that process.
The Practice Act, the Rules & Regulations and an explanation of continuing competence requirements can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right menu bar. If you are unable to download this information, please contact our office.

If you have a documented disability, you may request special ADA Accommodations to take the NPTE. You may download the ADA Accommodations form(s). You will given the opportunity to upload the completed document(s) during the application process. If you prefer you may mail the completed document(s) to:  NDBPT, PO Box 69, Grafton ND 58237

Please refer to the FSBPT website, www.fsbpt.org, for the NPTE Handbook, the school codes and general information regarding the examination.

Eligibility for a permanent license is only possible when a passing score on the NPTE and an official transcript indicating graduation have been received.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Tami Anderson-Egeland,
Administrative Assistant
North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 69
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-0125
Email: ndptboard@gra.midco.net


Physical Therapist Licensure by Endorsement

For those physical therapists interested in applying for license by endorsement to practice in the State of North Dakota, the following information is required:

  1. Complete the online license application as a Physical Therapist or submit a completed application to the Board Office.
  2. Payment can be made online using a credit card or enclose a check for $240 payable to the ND Board of PT, $200 for the non-refundable application fee and $40 for the criminal background check.
  3. Juris Prudence: This is an open book exam which can be completed by using up the Rules & Regulations and ND PT Practice Act in the right menu bar.
    • If you are completing the application online the Juris Prudence is included in the online application.
    • If you are completing a paper application: Download, complete and return the Juris Prudence Examination.
  4. Contact the institution granting your physical therapy degree to have an official transcript, indicating verification of graduation from an accredited program, sent directly to the ND Board of PT.
  5. Enclose a copy of any current license(s).
  6. Contact all states you hold/held a license in and have that Board send a verification of your license to the ND Board. You might also find this service available to you on some state's websites to download and scan to the ND Board.
  7. Contact the FSBPT to have your NPTE scores forwarded directly to ND Board of PT.
  8. Enclose letters from the department supervisor or human resources from the last two places of employment, verifying employment.
The Practice Act and the Rules & Regulations can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right menu bar. If you are unable to download this information, please contact our office.

If you have a documented disability, you may request special ADA Accommodations to take the NPTE. You may download the ADA Accommodations form(s). You will given the opportunity to upload the completed document(s) during the application process. If you prefer you may mail the completed document(s) to:  NDBPT, PO Box 69, Grafton ND 58237

Review the Continuing Competence Requirements.

Eligibility for permanent licensure is only possible upon receipt and review of all required documents and verification of license(s).

You must contact the ND Board of PT if you are no longer licensed as a Physical Therapist or have not passed the NPTE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Tami Anderson-Egeland,
Administrative Assistant
North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 69
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-0125
Email: ndptboard@gra.midco.net


Physical Therapist Licensure by Reinstatement
  1. Complete the online license application as a Physical Therapist or submit a completed application to the Board Office.
  2. Payment can be made online using a credit card or enclose a check for $240 payable to the ND Board of PT, $200 for the non-refundable application fee and $40 for the criminal background check.
  3. Juris Prudence: This is an open book exam which can be completed by using up the Rules & Regulations and ND PT Practice Act in the right menu bar.
    • If you are completing the application online the Juris Prudence is included in the online application.
    • If you are completing a paper application: Download, complete and return the Juris Prudence Examination.
  4. Enclose a copy of current license(s).
  5. Send a verification of license form to each of the states/provinces in which a license is held/previously held. Please request that this completed form be sent directly to the ND Board of PT.
  6. Enclose letters from the department supervisor or human resources from the last two places of employment, verifying employment.
Review the Continuing Competence Requirements.

If you have a documented disability, you may request special ADA Accommodations to take the NPTE. You may download the ADA Accommodations form(s). You will given the opportunity to upload the completed document(s) during the application process. If you prefer you may mail the completed document(s) to:  NDBPT, PO Box 69, Grafton ND 58237

If you have not been employed as a physical therapist during the past 3 years or have not passed the NPTE, you must contact the ND Board of PT.

Eligibility for permanent licensure is only possible upon receipt and review of all required documents and verification of license(s).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Tami Anderson-Egeland,
Administrative Assistant
North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 69
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-0125
Email: ndptboard@gra.midco.net
Fax: 701-352-3093


IT IS IN VIOLATION OF THE PRACTICE ACT TO PRACTICE AS A PHYSICAL THERAPIST IN NORTH DAKOTA WITHOUT BEING ISSUED A PERMANENT LICENSE.