How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Vermont – VT
In order to work as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Vermont, you'll need to apply for, and get, a license from the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation. To do this, you'll need to earn an associates degree from a program accredited by the CAPTE, and pass the NPTE, an exam that is given by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, or FSBPT.
Your first step should be finding a CAPTE accredited training program- of which, currently, there are none in the state of Vermont. Fortunately, all of Vermont's neighbors have several such training programs, so there are a lot of options in close proximity, and attending a CAPTE accredited training program will allow you to work anywhere in the United States, provided you pass the NPTE and complete the necessary state-specific requirements.
It should take you between two to three years to earn your associates degree. Once that is completed, you can register to take the NPTE from the FSBPT. Taking the exam costs $370, and requires a score of 75% or more to pass. Should you fail the first time, it can be taken two more times- up to 3 times a year.
Once you've completed your Vermont physical therapy assistant training program, and taken and passed the NPTE, you can apply for a license. You'll need to include a few documents verifying your identity, fill out a brief questionnaire, pay a $100 dollar fee, and have your transcripts and NPTE results sent directly to the Vermont licensure from your school, and an FSBPT office, respectively.
When you've received your application, you can begin working as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the State of Vermont!
To maintain your license, and ability to work, you'll need to renew your license by the September 30th of every even numbered year. This costs $100, and is the same date regardless of when you received your license.