How to Become a Physical Therapist in North Dakota (ND)

A woman in her late 60s who is trying to bend her knee after a knee operation. A young man after a soccer match has an ankle sprain and cannot walk. A young lady in a car accident has damaged the neck muscles and cannot look towards the right direction. All of them need a physical therapist in their course of rehabilitation. Degree programs are available in every state. When choosing a school, students should look at their accreditation and the percentage of students with employment following graduation.

Association Group Responsible for providing license

In North Dakota, the North Dakota 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 state or country.


North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 69
Grafton, ND 58237
Phone: 701-352-0125
Fax: 701-352-3093

Application process

For people from United States


Eligibility: Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited physical therapy educational program, approved by the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy.

The Board should receive the official transcript in physical therapy from an institution that has been approved by Board for Physical Therapy Education.

Foreign Trained Applicants: If the applicant has received education outside US at a school, the applicant must submit a credential evaluation. The evaluation must be prepared by a Board approved agency.

Board approved agency is:

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) –

A therapist who has graduated from a non-CAPTE-accredited program is required to be under direct clinical supervision for 6 months of a physical therapist licensed and actively practicing in North Dakota.

English competency:  The candidate should pass the board-approved English proficiency examinations if the applicant’s native language is not English. The candidate should contact FCCPT website,

Instructions for Registering Online for National Physical Therapy Examinations

North Dakota 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.

Once the North Dakota 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 Prometric Testing Center fee must be paid directly to the Prometric Testing Center at the time of scheduling. Please visit for further details for place and fees.


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

Candidate should enclose verification of licensure in good standing from all jurisdictions in which the applicant has been licensed.

Candidate should send the official transcripts or letter of completion to be mailed to the board office.

Request your NPTE score transfer from the FSBPT at

Enclose letters from the department supervisor or human resources from the last two places of employment, verifying employment.

North Dakota Law (Jurisprudence) exam: This exam is mandatory for all the candidates to get a license of physical therapist in North Dakota. Candidates should download, complete and return the Jurisprudence Examination. This is an open book exam which can be completed by using up the Rules & Regulations and ND PT Practice Act in the right menu bar of the official website.

Other Information about the exam 

Can there be an interview?

Prior to the issuance of license at board’s discretion, an interview with the board or its designees can be requested.


Application Fees: $200

Verify North Dakota 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 520 jobs in North DakotaState.

Salary: The average mean wage is $64,350. The bottom 10% is at $43,430 and the top 10% is earning a handsome amount of $81,420.

Links for reference

Official Website:

Exam Websites: ,