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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

National Physical Therapy Examination Statement

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) administers the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), the examination that every graduate of a physical therapy or physical therapist assistant education program must pass to become a licensed physical therapist or licensed/certified physical therapist assistant (or to regain licensure/certification if lapsed) in the United States (US). Foreign-educated candidates who wish to become licensed in the US must also take and pass this examination.

The NPTE is a computer-administered examination. The physical therapist licensure examination has five sections each with 50 questions. Of the 250 multiple choice questions, only 200 are scored. The other 50 questions are being pretested to see if they meet the standards to be included in future exams.

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Accreditation Status

Effective November 8, 2017, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program of Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution, please call (845) 575-3800 or email: graduate@marist.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. “All credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program.” CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part 7.2, Version 20.1.05, May 2020. As such, students graduating from the DPT Program are eligible to take the licensure examination.