One of the hallmarks of Physical Therapy is our education. Nowadays most PT schools offer either a 5 or 6 year program that culminates in the clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). However, once a student graduates their studying doesn’t end. Within the first 3 months or so a Physical Therapist will have to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) which is provided through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.com). This comprehensive exam helps to ensure that only those with the right knowledge of Physical Therapy are allowed to practice as Physical Therapists and to regulate, standardize, what appropriate Physical Therapy knowledge is across all jurisdictions. In essence, it is a Physical Therapist’s licensing exam and as such they will need to attain a score greater then the minimum accepted in order for them to gain the ability to practice. Once a Physical Therapist is licensed to treat their education must continue as each state requires that a Physical Therapist must attain a certain number(hours) of continuing education credits throughout each two year licensing period to maintain their active license status; for New Jersey that is Thirty(30) credits.
What does this mean for the prospective patient? First, it means you should check the status of any potential Physical Therapists you may soon be seeing to ensure that they are indeed Licensed to practice in your state. Sounds obvious but surprisingly in recent months we have had patients tell us stories of how they had undergone a few months of PT without any gains with someone else only to find out that those individuals were really personal trainers who unintentionally, or intentionally, misled them into believing they could help them through the “Physical Therapy” they provided. To do that you could go to the fsbpt website or in New Jersey you could verify the information with the Division of Consumer Affairs.
Second, we are happy to announce the start of our CEU Corner! Here we will provide information about any new courses any of our therapists have recently attended, some quick information about the course, and any quick helpful ‘gems’ that we garnered from attending the course. Finally, we will also be using the CEU Corner to discuss some of the various certifications we currently hold as well as the pre-requisite CEU courses we had to attend in the process of sitting for the certification exams.
We are hoping that the more information you have about how we treat and the courses we pursued will give the you an idea of what to expect and a level of comfort knowing that we will be providing the most current evidenced based practices available!