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Becoming a PT or PTA
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BECOMING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST, PT

In order to become a physical therapist, students must graduate from an accredited  physical therapy education program, which is a post-baccalaureate degree, information regarding CAPTE (Commission on Accredition in Physical Therapy Education) please click here. After completing the physical therapy education program, PTs must pass the state-administered National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). This exam is based on a comprehensive practice analysis conducted to determine critical knowledge, skills and abilities of physical therapists.

Upon passing the NPTE, physical therapists can obtain their Arizona Physical Therapy License. For more information about PT licensure in the State of Arizona please visit the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy's website.

Physical Therapy Schools in Arizona accredited by CAPTE:

Please visit the APTA website for more information on becoming a PT.
Bureau of Labor Statistics fact sheet for Physical Therapists

BECOMING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT, PTA

In order to become a physical therapist assistant, students must graduate from an accredited physical therapy assistant education program, which is generally a two-year, associate degree program. After completing the physical therapy assistant education program, PTAs must pass the state-administered National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). As for PTs, PTAs must pass the NPTE to obtain an Arizona Physical Therapy Assistant Certification. For more information regarding PTA certification in the State of Arizona, please visit the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy's website.

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Arizona accredited by CAPTE:
Please visit the APTA website for more information on becoming a PTA.

Bureau of Labor Statistics fact sheet for Physical Therapy Assistants

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