Becoming a Physical Therapist in Oregon – OR

With an unemployment rate of only 0.2% for physical therapists, this is good news for Oregon, which is currently in the top five states with the highest unemployment rates. In 2006, the U.S. had 172,900 physical therapists, with a projected increase of 27% in ten years. Oregon is expected to top the national increase for physical therapists, bringing its number of physical therapists from 1,940 to 2,580 between 2006 and 2016, resulting in an increase of 33%.

How to Become a Physical Therapist in Oregon

Besides successfully completing all educational requirements, to become a physical therapist in the state of Oregon one must acquire a license to practice. Licenses can be obtained through testing, endorsement, or, if educated outside the country, by providing current, valid foreign credentials. Candidates who apply by testing are required to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). This examination is held daily and is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Applicants who are requesting licensing through endorsement, must hold a current license in good standing from another state and have provided proof of successful completion of the NPTE or another accredited examination. Foreign candidates may secure a license if they have current, applicable credentials from their home country and pass the NPTE. A temporary permit to practice is also available to those applicants who have successfully completed a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and/or hold a current license in another state. For additional information about certification, individuals may contact the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board:

Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board
800 NE Oregon Street
Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 971-673-0200
Fax: 971-673-0226
E-mail: Physical.Therapy@state.or.us

At $85,000 annually, the average salary for physical therapists in Oregon is the same as for those in the U.S. The seven largest cities in Oregon show average salaries ranging from $74,000 to $83,000:

Portland, $74,000
Eugene, $83,000
Salem, $75,000
Gresham, $75,000
Beaverton, $74,000
Hillsboro, $75,000
Medford, $ 83,000


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