New graduate from accredited US PT/PTA school; not yet licensed/certified elsewhere
Licensed/certified in another US state; not foreign educated
AZ resident; licensed/certified in another US state for at least 1 year
First professional degree earned from a foreign educational institution
Married to active duty US armed forces member; accompanying that member to an official permanent change of station to a military installation in AZ
Applications must be completed through the eLicensing portal and submitted with payment in full. Submitted applications are reviewed by staff.
If application deficiencies are identified, or the application must be presented for Board approval, the applicant will receive a deficiency letter via email.
The deficiency letter will include corrective steps that must be completed before the application can be processed further.
Standard Application Fee:
- PT: $260
- PTA: $160
Prorated Application Fee (applications submitted in year 2 of a renewal cycle; 9/1/odd year-8/31/even year):
- PT: $190
- PTA: $120
AZ testing eligibility requires a completed application submitted through eLicensing.
Register and pay for exams through fsbpt.org (must be completed before eligibility can be granted).
ONLY after an application is paid, submitted, reviewed, and deemed sufficient (including 3rd party documents) will testing eligibility be granted.
AZLAW Study Materials:
Testing Before Graduation:
Guide to Early Testing: Early testing is ONLY an option if the NPTE test date is BEFORE the graduation date
Exams are administered at Prometric Testing Sites. NPTE is administered on fixed dates.
Congratulations, you've passed your exams and submitted your final transcripts (specifying graduation date, degree earned, and registrar signature). Now what?
Exam scores, once received will be added to the application file and the entire application will be reviewed again to ensure compliance.
Next, your application will navigate the final processing stages and once approved, your license or certificate number will be visible in eLicensing.
Remember, final processing takes time! If issues arise at this stage, the applicant will be notified.
(Laws) Arizona Revised Statutes; Title 32 Chapter 19 (Revised 6-1-19)
Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32 Chapter 19 is specific to the Board of Physical Therapy. This document serves as part of the AZLAW Jurisprudence Exam study materials; commonly referred to as AZLAW Statutes.
(Rules) Arizona Administrative Code TITLE 4 Chapter 24
Arizona Administrative Code Title 4 Chapter 24 is specific to the Board of Physical Therapy. This document serves as part of the AZLAW Jurisprudence Exam study materials; commonly referred to as AZLAW Rules.
Arizona Statement of Citizenship and Alien Status Form
This form must be completed in its entirety by every applicant for PT licensure or PTA certification. Upload the completed form to your application through the eLicensing system.
AZ Application Options Table
Use this table to understand the application requirements of each application type. Please review carefully.
AZLAW Exam Handbook
This handbook is the road map to the AZLAW Jurisprudence Exam. Use this handbook in conjunction with the Arizona Revised Statutes (Laws) and Arizona Administrative Code (Rules) as your study materials for the AZLAW exam.
Fingerprint Clearance Card Information
A.R.S. §32-2022 requires that all initial applicants for licensure as a physical therapist and certification as a physical therapist assistant obtain and provide a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by the Department of Public Safety as an application requirement. In addition, approval for testing on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the AZLAW examinations requires the Board of Physical Therapy have a copy of a valid fingerprint clearance card before approving applicants to test. Visit azdps.gov for more information.
Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
Evaluator of foreign education credentials using Coursework Tool 5 (CWT5) which is required in AZ. Assists the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and U.S. state licensing agencies by evaluating the credentials of Foreign Educated Physical Therapists (FEPTs) who wish to immigrate and work in the United States.
FSBPT Course Work Tool 5
Foreign Educated Physical Therapist license applicants must have their foreign education credentialed using Coursework Tool 5 (CWT5).
Guide To Testing Before Graduation
Graduating students may test before graduation (conditions apply) if the examination date is before the student's expected graduation date. See the linked page for additional details.
International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
Evaluator of foreign education credentials using Coursework Tool 5 (CWT5) which is required in AZ. ICD's mission is to provide educational evaluations of their client's educational credentials, in terms of their U.S. equivalence, without regard to sex, religion, country of birth or country of education.
International Education Research Foundation
Evaluator of foreign education credentials using Coursework Tool 5 (CWT5) which is required in AZ. The IERF Credentials Evaluation Service provides assistance in interpreting the educational backgrounds of people who have studied outside the U.S. and who need statements of U.S. educational equivalencies.
Request Score Transfer
When contacting the FSBPT for NPTE score transfers, individuals requesting transer must pay the FSBPT score transfer fee at the time of request.
Testing Dates & Deadlines 2023
Testing eligibility requires an application that is paid, submitted, reviewed, and deemed sufficient (including 3rd party documents).