Instructions for Licensure Application
Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we ask that all applicants NOT send mail to the board office that requires signature. Please utilize other tracking options for your mailed documents. Staff will be checking mail daily but cannot guarantee to be in the office at delivery times.
An official background check report from the La State Police must be received by the LAPT Board office prior to the board office being able to make candidates eligible for the NPTE.
All applicants must complete the online application prior to starting the background check process.
Processing Time Information
Processing time varies for each application and can take up to 4 months. Applicants must submit all application documents in one package to avoid processing delays. Materials requested to be sent directly to the board office by third parties must be requested at the time of the application submission to avoid delays.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your dashboard. Allow 5-7 business days from the date the materials are received for your dashboard to be updated.
Applicants are encouraged to avoid accepting employment in Louisiana prior to the issuance of a license to practice in this state. Prepare for employment start dates to be no sooner than 4 months after the board receives your completed application.
Step 1: Select Your Applicant Type
BEFORE beginning the application process, complete a Journey Map to understand more of the NPTE registration process.
If you are a new graduate of a CAPTE accredited Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant Program and you have never been licensed in another state or US Territory by temporary or permanent license and have never taken a US administered national physical therapy or physical therapy assistant licensing examination.
BEFORE beginning the application process, complete the Foreign Education Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistants Questionnaire.
If you graduated from a school of physical therapy outside the United States that is not CAPTE accredited, you have never been licensed in another state or US Territory by temporary or permanent license, and have never taken a US administered national physical therapy licensing examination.
If you have completed a United States armed services training program for physical therapy assisting and intend to gain licensure to work with civilians.
If you have ever held a temporary or permanent license in another US state and have taken a US administered national physical therapy or physical therapy assistant licensing exam.
If you graduated from a school of physical therapy outside the United States that is not CAPTE accredited, have ever held a temporary or permanent license in another US state, and have taken a US administered national physical therapy licensing exam.
If you have been previously licensed in Louisiana, but have allowed your license to expire.
No individual may begin clinical practice without a Provisional License/License