PTA Program - Licensure
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares you for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. Upon successfully graduating from the PTA program, you may apply to the State of Maryland for a PTA license and permission to take the exam. The exam is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners (FSBPT) at local testing sites. Students who pass the National Licensure Exam may then apply to other states for licensure without taking the exam again.
The PTA program has a 100 percent ultimate pass rate for all students over the last five years. Historically, the PTA program has provided a licensure review course for students. The first time pass rate for the 2011 graduating class is 83 percent. Two students failed the exam on their first attempt and passed on the second attempt.
The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of or pleads nolo contendre to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding is pending to have the plea set aside. If prospective students have questions regarding this, they should contact the PT Board of Examiners directly.