PT's Trained Outside of the United States


Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


Applicants trained outside of the United States may qualify for licensure provided the applicant receives an acceptable credentials evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). TOEFL or other English proficiency examination is not a requirement for licensure.

Please note that recent graduates of physical therapy schools are eligible for a temporary permit  to practice under supervision.

Successful  completion the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) with a criterion-referenced passing score for the respective administration of the examination.  


For applicants who took the examination prior to February, 1996, but after February, 1991, the passing score is 1.5 standard deviations below the national mean.  


For applicants who took the examination prior to February, 1991, the passing score is 1.5 standard deviation below the national mean for each of the three parts.


Documentation Requirements

Applicants must arrange for the submission of the following documents directly to this office from the source:

A credentials evaluation sent directly to this office by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)

Official verification of successful completion of the NPTE examination forwarded directly from the FSBPT Score Transfer Service.


If applicable, official verification form sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license or certification is or has ever been held.  Please contact the jurisdiction as some charge a fee for completion of the verification form;

A completed application with photograph and fee of $285.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online Opens in a new window Opens in a new window;


Examination Registration


Applicants intending to sit for the NPTE must successfully complete the examination in order to be eligible for licensure.  Examination candidates may register online.  Applicants registering in this format must submit all required documentation to the Department as outlined above and must be determined eligible by the Department before they will be allowed to sit for the examination.  While you may register online with FSBPT prior to being declared eligible by the Department, applicants found ineligible may be subject to a processing fee by FSBPT.


Subsequent to being approved by Department, the candidate will receive all examination related communication including registration, authorizations to test and admission policy directly from the examination service.  After completion of the examination, you will be notified in writing by the Department regarding your examination performance.


Please select this link for examination dates and deadlines.

Please arrange for all supporting documents to be submitted to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

PT Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1982