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Physical Therapy Examination

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

The board approves and adopts the NPTE for physical therapists that was developed, administered, and scored by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). The board adopts the passing score recommended by FSBPT.

The National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a computer-based examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and given at Prometric Testing Centers. Applicants for the NPTE must apply online. Online application and payment for the NPTE are available at See the NPTE Candidate Handbook for complete instructions or check the website at

Applicants that are a graduate of a non-accredited physical therapist educational program will need to be made eligible for the NPTE by first submitting an application to the department online at and by meeting the requirements listed in R 338.7135. Once the application and all required documents have been received by the department, the applicant will need to register with FSBPT.  FSBPT will notify the applicant via email once they are eligible for the exam.

Click here for dates and deadlines for the NPTE

Michigan Jurisprudence Exam 

In addition to the NPTE, all applicants for physical therapist licensure must take and pass the jurisprudence examination before licensure can be issued. The jurisprudence examination covers material that can be found in the Administrative Rules of the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy and in Article 15, parts 161 and 178 of the Michigan Public Health Code.

Licensure candidates must take the jurisprudence examination through PSI. You may contact PSI to schedule your exam by visiting or by calling PSI at 800-579-4635.