How to Become a Physical Therapist in Kentucky (KY)

Physical therapy is a set of methods and procedures that assists a patient to rehabilitate and gain full use of their bodies after an accident or medical procedure or general health care conditions. Primarily the treatment is done by physical therapeutic measures. PTs work closely with patients and clients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and wellness for healthier and more active lifestyles. Based on the examination and the physical therapist’s evaluative judgment, PTs determine a patient diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care that best suits to the patient.  Patient of all age is treated by the physical therapist right from infant to the very old. Physical Therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, athletic facilities, schools and private practices.

Association Group Responsible for providing license

In Kentucky, the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy is responsible to issue license to physical therapists. The application process is dependent on whether the candidate is a new student, a licensed physical therapist in another state or country.

Application process

For people from United States


Eligibility: Applicant must be a successfully complete accredited program on physical therapy program, approved by the Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy.

Applicant must send the Program Director’s certification of completion of education (sent directly from school).

Complete application form with $200 non-refundable

Send to:

KY Board of Physical Therapy
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 102
Louisville, Kentucky40222

Take Kentucky’s Jurisprudence Examination (JE) online at

Application and fee for licensure must be received before the applicant is eligible to take the Jurisprudence Exam.

Foreign Trained Applicants: If the applicant has received education outside US the applicant must submit a credential evaluation. The evaluation must be prepared by a Board approved agency. The agency should use the “Coursework Evaluation Tool” format in evaluation of the credentials.

Board approved agencies are:

International Credentialing Associates (ICA) –

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) –

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) –

International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. –

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: If English is not the native language, the candidate is to send the results of the TOEFL iBT examination or the Test of Spoken English (TSE) sent to the board directly by the examining company.

Instructions for Registering Online for National Physical Therapy Examinations

Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy is using the FSBT website to allow candidates to register online for NPTE. The website the candidate will follow to get registered is

Once the Kentucky Board determines the eligibility based on the educational qualification and other guidelines it will be intimated that candidate can appear for the online examination. The FSBT will send the candidate an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter.

The ATT letter would contain the all important information about the exam schedules

Where to give the exam: The PrometricTestingCenter fee must be paid directly to the PrometricTestingCenter at the time of scheduling. Please visit for further details for scheduling and fees.

Application Fees for licensure: $200


For applicants from other states who hold a current license in another jurisdiction.

You must have successfully completed a CAPTE ACCREDITED Program in Physical Therapy. Educational Program Director Letter: A letter from the Program Director on

Official school letterhead with seal and mailed directly from the school to KY Board of PT

Should send the application along with the fees of $200

Request your NPTE score transfer from the FSBPT at

Kentucky Law (Jurisprudence) exam: This exam is mandatory for all the candidates to get a license of physical therapist in Kentucky. The candidate may take this exam online at

HIV/AIDS Mandatory course

All candidates are required to complete an HIV/AIDS approved course – send certificate copy to board office. A link is available on the Homepage of the official website.

Verify Kentucky Licensure: It can be viewed on the official website

Information about jobs and salary

Job in State: As per data of May 2012 there are 2,330 jobs in KentuckyState.

Salary: The average mean wage is $82,330. The bottom 10% is at $61,670 and the top 10% is earning a decent amount of $109,610.

Links for reference

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