Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

Instructions for Licensure Application

Updated Language: October 31, 2018 

 

NOTICE: Effective November 19, 2018 the Board will no longer accept a background check affidavit. All applicants must submit for a full background check and wait for the results. 

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IMPORTANT: Read in detail before proceeding.  

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.

Status Updates

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.

Pre-Employment Planning

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.

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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 have been educated and graduated from a school of physical therapy outside the United States that is not CAPTE accredited 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. 

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 have been educated and graduated from a school of physical therapy outside the United States that is not CAPTE accredited and 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 have been previously licensed in Louisiana, but have allowed your license to expire.

 

 

No individual may begin clinical practice without a Provisional License/License