How to Become a Physical Therapist in New Hampshire (NH)

The practice of physical therapy includes the use of exercises and other treatments to restore physical function, promote fitness and reduce the risk of injuries. A physical therapist clinic may include weights, mats, and treadmills where they can perform a variety of exercises with the patients to improve sensory perception, muscle strength and motor skills. Communication is very important in this field as patients need to respond to the instructions given by the physical therapist. Patient of all age is treated by the physical therapist right from infant to the very old.

An arthritic patient who cannot bend her knees, a war-veteran whose left arm is paralyzed, a young man due to muscle pull in the neck cannot look right or a spondylitis patient whose movement is hindered; all need a physical therapist to cure them so that their physical mobility is restored as a normal person does

Association Group Responsible for providing license

In New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Board of Physical Therapy is responsible to issue license to physical therapists. The application process is dependent on whether you are new student, a licensed physical therapist in another country.

Application process

For people from United States


Eligibility: Applicant must be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy educational program, approved by the New Hampshire Board of Physical Therapy. 

The applicant must be at least 18 years of age

He/she should be of good moral character

The applicant must be a graduate from a professional physical therapy education program accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) or by another Board-approved accrediting organization

The applicant must pass the national proficiency examination, National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Foreign Trained Applicants: If the applicant has received education outside US at a school the applicant must submit a credential evaluation.

Board approved agency is: 

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) –

English competency: An applicant whose native language is not English then must pass board-approved English proficiency examinations.

The applicant has maintained continuing competency in physical therapy for a period of one year prior to filing for the licensure.

Instructions for Registering Online for National Physical Therapy Examinations

New Hampshire 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 . The examination lasts for one day for a period of approximately 5.0 hours. The exam consists of approximately 250 multiple-choice questions. The National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is a computer-based examination given at Prometric Testing Centers.

Please use this link to review the dates and deadlines

Once the New Hampshire 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 place and fees.

FSBPT Score Transfer Service is available on the Internet at: . This is done to transfer the score directly to the Board.

Other Information 

Continuing Education

A minimum of 24 hours of continuing education is required every two years

Residence or Citizenship

New Hampshire residency is not required

US citizenship is not required


It is not permitted 

License expiration

Licenses expire on December 31st of each even-numbered year

Top industries in NH for this occupation: 

Ambulatory Health Care Services


Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

Self-Employed Workers

Elementary and Secondary Schools

Local Government, except Education


Application –                $60.00

Initial licensure fee      $110.00

Examination                 $350.00

Information about jobs and salary

Job in State: As per data of May 2012 there are 1,130 jobs in New HampshireState.

Salary: The average mean wage is $74,160. The bottom 10% is at $56,320 and the top 10% is earning a handsome amount of $97,120.

Links for reference

Official Website:

Exam Websites:  ,