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How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Colorado – CO

The state of Colorado is only one of a few states that does not require the passing of the National Physical Therapy Examination for physical therapy assistants (PTA) or state licensing to practice as a physical therapy assistant.  As stated in the Colorado Physical Therapy Practice Act, the following is required to become a physical therapist assistant in Colorado:

  • Hold a current license as a physical therapy assistant in another state
  • Or, be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited program
  • Or, be qualified in some other capacity to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for physical therapy assistants (PTA)

It is to the benefit of the graduate and also recommended by faculty to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for physical therapy assistants (PTA).  One will become more marketable as a professional if a successful completion of the NPTE for PTA is on their resume.  Interestingly, as of January 1, 2010, a physical therapy assistant in Colorado must graduate from a Colorado physical therapy assistant training program, or from one in another state, as well as pass the national exam to be recognized by Medicare as a qualified practitioner.         

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
124 West Street South
Third Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Exam Services
Phone:  (703) 739-9420
Fax:  (703) 739-9421
Website:  www.fsbpt.org


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