What is FSBPT? What is its Role to the NPTE?


It is undeniably true that a lot of working professionals in the medical industry have started going overseas to find jobs. Many of these professionals have always wanted to live a better life receiving a good pay with positive and attainable career growth. Among these medical health professionals, Filipino physical therapists have been increasing to be in demand in other countries most especially in the US. Hence, to pursue their dreams in working in the US, they have to take the NPTE or the National Physical Therapist Examination. They need to do this to acquire a license of being a physical therapist in a state that they want to work for.

What do physical therapists need to know about the NPTE?

For starters, it is best to know information regarding the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). The FSBPT’s mission is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice. The agency’s vision is to achieve a high level of public protection through a strong foundation of laws and regulatory standards in physical therapy, effective tools and systems to assess entry-level and continuing competence, and public and professional awareness of resources for public protection.

The purpose of the NPTE program under the FSBPT is to provide examination services to regulatory authorities charged with the regulation of PTs and PTAs, provide a common element in the evaluation of candidates so that standards will be comparable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and protect the public interest in having licensed individuals who have the knowledge in practicing physical therapy.

The FSBPT is the one developing, maintaining and administering the NPTE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. It is their goal to continually research and use the best examination methodology made available to their candidates. Regarding the content of the examination, Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant NPTEs are developed by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants by their writers or one of the FSBPT’s examination committees. Continually, they develop the content of the exam with the trends in physical therapy.

The PT and PTA examinations of the NPTE are all computer-based and administered by the FSBPT through Prometric. Scoring of the examination is done by the FSBPT and is transmitted to the licensing authority. FSBPT is the final authority on the issuance of the NPTE scores.

Why PTs should know these?

It is for the fact that if they have any concerns regarding their NPTE scores, they will be able to know which agency to contact. Having knowledge on this will make candidates be more acquainted to the NPTE.

Source: http://www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/NPTECandidateHandbook/GeneralInformation.aspx

 

Read more here: http://nptereview.blogspot.com/

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