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Becoming a Physical Therapist in New Hampshire – NH

The federal requirement to practice as a Physical Therapist is passing the National Physical Therapy Exam, which is available in all 50 states. To become a physical therapist in New Hampshire one must become licensed. Licensure is handled by the state of New Hampshire as written in the Physical Therapy Practice Act. The requirements are governed by the New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board and the qualifications to apply for New Hampshire state licensure by U.S. educated applicants are few. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited professional physical therapy program within the U.S., pass the national exam (NPTE) and maintain continuing proficiency for the year prior to application.


Foreign educated applicants must also graduate of an accredited professional physical therapy program sanctioned by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCCPT) or an equal US board of accreditation, passing a board approved English proficiency exam if English is not ones native tongue.

To apply for initial licensure contact the Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals at 603-271-8389 to request a packet. Licenses in New Hampshire expire on December 31 of even numbered years.  Renewal notices are sent on October 15 to all affected.

In the summer of 2009 the aPTitude program was put in place as a comprehensive continuing competence program. The licensee features of this program are allow licensees to search for and find CC offerings that meet their individual needs.

  • Provide licensees with a single place to maintain their licensure information, completed CC/CE activities and store documentation for those activities
  • Keep licensees up-to-date with the latest information on your jurisdiction’s CC/CE requirements, renewal dates and approved activities
  • Remind licensees when their license renewal date is near
  • Allow licensees to plan and track CC/CE activities to meet renewal requirements

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