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Becoming a Physical Therapist in Nevada – NV

To become a physical therapist in Nevada, one must obtain a license in the state in order to practice. Physical therapists are expected to have graduated from an accredited physical therapy degree program and have taken or be eligible to take National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) offered through The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).


How to Become a Physical Therapist in Nevada

Physical therapists who have note taken the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) can apply for licensure by examination. Therapists who have taken the NPTE exam and been licensed in another state prior to moving to Nevada can obtain a license by endorsement. Each avenue requires the same education and testing, but asks for slightly different documentation through the licensing process.

To obtain a license by examination in Nevada, you should:

  1. Complete an official application with correct social security number.
  2. Attach a recent photograph, the results of fingerprinting, and professional references to the application.
  3. Submit the correct fees:
    1. $300 ~ application fee
    2. $40.25 or 52.25 ~ for fingerprinting, depending on package preferred.
    3. $25 ~ exam processing fee
  4. Provide official transcripts from the physical therapy program from which you graduated.

NOTE: The fee for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) is $370 beginning January 1, 2010. The test is scheduled by the FSBPT and administered through Prometric Testing Centers. Exam takers will have to pay an additional $70.60 fee to the Prometric Testing Center where they take the exam.


To obtain a license by endorsement in Nevada, you should:

  1. Complete an official application with correct social security number.
  2. Attach a recent photograph, the results of fingerprinting, and professional references to the application.
  3. Submit the correct fees:
    1. $300 ~ application fee
    2. $40.25 or 52.25 ~ for fingerprinting, depending on package preferred.
  1. Make sure that you arrange to have a verification of license sent from your previous state’s licensing board directly to the Nevada Physical Therapy Examiners’ Board.
  2. Arrange for your NPTE scores to be transferred from your previous state to the Nevada Physical Therapy Examiners’ Board.
  3. Provide official transcripts from the physical therapy program from which you graduated.

NOTE: Foreign applicants are required to provide several more pieces of documentation that U.S.-educated physical therapists and should research these additional requirements on the State of Nevada’s Physical Therapy Board of Examiner’s website (http://ptboard.nv.gov/PT-Licensing.htm).

Nevada’s physical therapy licenses are renewed annually and the fee for renewal is $150. Physical therapists in Nevada are required to earn at least 1.5 units of approved continuing education classes and/or training for license renewal.


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