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Webinar Series June 28th, 2010

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The Licensure Process for Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Professionals

Your Presenter

Staci Freudiger, PT, MBA RehabCare, Program Consultant


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of:  What stands between your degree and your license  What steps you can take NOW to enhance and expedite the licensure    

process What to do if you don’t know in which state you will begin practice Who owns your license to practice What is the connection between the national exam and your state license When can you start seeing patients and how

National Exams

 Physical Therapy Professionals – NPTE  Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

 Occupational Therapy Professionals – NBCOT Certification Exam  National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

 Speech and Language Pathology Professionals – PRAXIS II (0330)  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 These are all separate entities from state licensing boards  Your national exam score is yours; you get to choose to whom it is

submitted throughout your career  A passing score is just that UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN APPLICATION FOR A STATE LICENSE

Requirements to sit for exam

 All National Exams require:  Application • Contact the licensing board in the jurisdiction you plan to sit for the exam to verify if this is done through them (PT) or directly through the national entity (OT, ST)  Registration • This can be different from the application as you must be registered with an approved testing site (Prometric Centers PT and OT; ETS for ST)  Official transcript (PT and ST) or “cleared for graduation” status and request for transcript release filed with registrar (OT)  Primary (driver’s license, passport) and secondary ID’s (Credit/ATM card, student ID)  Authorization to Test letters – issued from state licensing board or national entity

• Names must match identically on all documents  FEES – please refer to the national exam entities’ websites for respective fees • Keep in mind, you will also pay STATE LICENSURE fees separate from your exam fees

Variety of other requirements

 Some state licensing boards have additional requirements     

SSN Fingerprints Criminal, Federal and Jurisdiction and checks Jurisprudence Exam Letters of Recommendation / Statement of Character

 BOTTOM LINE : Contact your state licensing board NOW  Obtain an application  Learn the steps and requirements  Even if you do not plan to practice in that state, you can apply and sit for the exam there and have your score transferred  Physical Therapy – MUST get Authorization to Test letter from your state licensing board, after initiating the application process  Occupational Therapy – can get your Authorization to Test letter from NBCOT but, it is recommended you begin your state application process as well  Speech Therapy – can get Authorization to Test from ETS/ASHA, but it is recommended you begin the state application process as well


 Physical Therapy  Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy 

 Occupational Therapy  National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy 

 Speech Therapy  American Speech Language Hearing Association 

“[your discipline] therapy licensure [enter your state’s name]” – this should give you your state board’s licensing website

Practice Exams

 Physical Therapy –  Multitude of “off-the-shelf” practice tests and materials  The fsbpt offers the PEAT practice test • It is set up exactly like the actual exam  The fsbpt also offers a % breakdown of exam content

 Occupational Therapy –  Same variety of “off-the-shelf” products  NBCOT offers Official Study Tools online; including Examination Readiness Tool and online tests and packages  NBCOT also includes a generalized content breakdown in their Certification Examination Handbook

 Speech Therapy  Sample test questions and retired exam modules for 90 days available at  ETS also offers “PRAXIS at a glance” with content breakdown

Codes of Conduct

 Physical Therapists    

PT Code of Ethics PT Guide of Professional Conduct PTA Code of Ethics PTA Guide of Professional Conduct

 Occupational Therapists  NBCOT Code of Conduct

 Speech Therapists  ASHA Code of Ethics

Practice Acts

 It is up to you to find, print, ask for, obtain your respective state’s practice

act and rules  For each discipline, there are usually 2 documents that govern our practice in the state in which we practice:  Laws  Rules

 You are responsible for having and knowing both  The state is granting you a license to practice therapy in their state, under

their regulation  YOU EARNED IT!!!!!! But, they regulate it

 If you decide to relocate, you must apply for reciprocity in your destination

state and much of this process will repeat.  Your license stays with the state; you must apply to get a new one when moving

Practicing as a Graduate Therapist

 Read your state’s practice act regarding supervision requirements!!  You should also receive a communication letter once :  You application is cleared for examination  You are allowed to practice under a “temporary license”, or equivalent  Your application is cleared for licensure pending passing exam

 For all disciplines, you will be allowed to practice with some level of

supervision specified by your specific state until you pass the exam  Keep in mind, there is a brief waiting period for your test results after your

examination date; then there is a waiting period (depending on state AND COMPLETION OF YOUR FILE) on your full state license

• Timeliness on your end is imperative to NOT delay your license (temporary and full)

Now what????

 Celebrate in your accomplishments  Focus and prepare for your national exam – take this seriously, in many

states you only get 2-3 attempts  Do not rush yourself into the exam however, the more time that lapses between your graduation and exam, the less fresh some of that information is  If you do not pass, refer back to your state’s licensing board – their laws and rules establish what the next process is; you will also have to contact the national exam entities again  Congratulate yourself once you get your passing test results!!!!!!!!  Welcome to the healthcare work force that you are so passionate about  Join your state and national association chapters (if you haven’t already)  Look into RehabCare as your partner in your career longevity!!!

Contact Us For information on Career Opportunities, the RehabCare student and new graduate programs, contact:

Lauren Brody

Staci Freudiger

Manager- Campus Relations, West 1.800.677.1202. Ext. 2521

Program Consultant

Jill FitzGerald Manager- Campus Relations, Midwest 1.800.677.1202. Ext. 2625 Megan Horsfall Manager-Campus Relations, East 1.800.677.1202. Ext. 2171 Check out our Blog, we’d like to hear from you:

RehabCare Licensure Webinar  

Presentation about the licensure process presented by the RehabCare Campus Relations Team.