Becoming a Physical Therapist in Oklahoma – OK

The field of physical therapy in the United States is growing stronger. With its unemployment rate at 0.2%, it is an expected to drop even lower during the next six years. In 2006, 172,900 physical therapists were employed in varying industries and that number is expected to increase by 27% by 2016, bringing the number of therapists in the field to just under 220,000. Oklahoma had 2,160 physical therapists in 2006 and that number is estimated to rise by 17% to 2,530 during the same ten-year timeframe. Moreover, since September 2009, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was less than half of the national average, with only nine states having a lower rate.

How to Become a Physical Therapist in Oklahoma

To become a physical therapist in Oklahoma, after completion of all educational prerequisites, candidates must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) pursuant to the rules set forth in the Physical Therapy Practice Act of Oklahoma. This examination is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and is held once a year by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (OBMLS). Physical therapists who are members of the military or who have been educated in a school of physical therapy that has been paid for by the United States military may obtain a license if the physical therapy program is recognized and approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and the OBMLS. Temporary permits to practice in the field of physical therapy are available through the OBMLS for a period of one year, at the conclusion of which the applicant must take the NPTE. For more information on licensing and certification, candidates can contact the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure Supervision. Contact information follows:

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
101 NE 51st St
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-962-1400
Fax: 405-962-1440

In the U.S., physical therapists can earn an average annual salary of $85,000. Salaries ranged from $65,000 to $74,000 for the state’s seven largest cities. Oklahoma’s average salary is $77,000.

Oklahoma City, $73,000
Tulsa, $65,000
Norman, $73,000
Lawton, $70,000
Broken Arrow, $66,000
Edmond, $74,000
Midwest City, $73,000


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