Becoming a Physical Therapist in Vermont – VT
Vermont is said to be one of the most beautiful of all states in this great country. It is known for its blossoming trees and rolling hills which are pure wonderment to many residents and passers-by.
In addition to this abundantly beautiful state is the abundance of physical therapy professions. Physical therapists in Vermont are highly paid and enjoy the interaction with their clients who come from all different backgrounds and areas of the state.
Steps to Become a Physical Therapist in Vermont
Here is an outline for how Vermont students can attain licensure as physical therapists in their state.
Step #1: Vermont Approved Accrediting Bodies
Vermont operates a little differently in most states in that it requires all of its students to attend an educational program which is accredited by either the United States Department of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation.
Most states require a school to have accreditation with the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education before they will consider issuing a state license; however, Vermont is the exception to this in that the state does not require such an accreditation of their students.
It is important to keep in mind that even though the CAPTE accreditation is not required, it is still heavily favored by many employers in Vermont.
Step #2: Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination
A Vermont student who wants to obtain their state license as a physical therapist is required to sit for and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, or NPTE. This is an extremely comprehensive exam that ensures students are qualified and capable of performing the duties of a physical therapist; as well as ensures that the education a student has received is sufficient.
The NPTE test is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, although the test is manually given by a director at the Vermont Secretary of State. What is unique about the state of Vermont is that they do not require that the National Physical Therapy Examination be taken before the application process can be completed. The fee for this examination is $350.
A student can be approved for a physical therapy license in Vermont state, pending the outcome of the NPTE exam. This helps to ensure that the licensing process is not delayed due to the exam not yet being taken.
Step #3: Getting Licensed in Vermont
The application for a Vermont physical therapy license must be retained in person and returned in person to the Vermont Secretary of State; however the application cannot be submitted in less than six months prior to taking the National Physical Therapy Examination test.
If a student fails the National Physical Therapy examination, he or she is permitted to retake the test only one time within a six month time frame. After the six month time frame has elapsed, the student may then reapply for Vermont state licensure.
On the second failed attempt at the National Physical Therapy Examination, a student will not be allowed to retake the test without first having completed some additional course work as dictated by the director of the Vermont Secretary of State.
In addition to this, a director at the Vermont Secretary of State may also require that a student take an additional exam regarding Vermont laws as they pertain to physical therapy practices when the student has not been able to successfully pass the NPTE test.