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Professional Licensure

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physical Therapy Professional Licensure

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Mount Saint Mary’s University DPT graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Licenses are granted by the licensing authority in individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the information below. 

The Physical Therapy Board of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of physical therapy in California. Mount Saint Mary’s University will assist applicants and students as they determine licensure requirements in other states.  Please contact the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program by email at dlowe@msmu.edu. Contact information and licensure requirements for the licensing authorities in other jurisdictions can also be found on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website.

States for which MSMU’s Physical Therapy department MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

States for which MSMU’s Physical Therapy department DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification
N/A
States for which MSMU HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the Physical Therapy department program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification
N/A

Other Important Notes

The following states also require a Jurisprudence exam for individuals applying for licensure in that state:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Categorization Criteria

  1. States where the physical therapy program MEETS educational requirements:
    • Curriculum requirements (including internship/practicum/experience hours required to graduate) must meet all requirements mandated by the State
  2. States where the physical therapy program  DOES NOT MEET educational requirements
    • Curriculum requirements do not match up with requirements mandated by the State
  3. States where the physical therapy program has not made a determination
    • Research is still in progress