MANILA, Oct. 21 — Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz welcomes the recent announcement of an alternative form of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) called NPTE-i offered to PT candidates beginning in May 2011.
The announcement was made by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) following its July 11, 2010 suspension of both Physical Therapy (PT) and PT Assistant (PTA) versions of NPTE examinations for candidates who received their first professional degree from restricted countries such as Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines as a result of an alleged pervasive, ongoing security infringement by several graduates of PT schools by said foreign countries.
The NPTE-i, former NPTE-YRLY, will be offered twice for PT candidates on restricted groups. The initial schedule for 2011 was on May 25, 2011 followed by Dec. 5, 2011 in all 50 states in the US, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Plans for exam administration for 2012 will be announced in 2011. The PT version will be 250 items and candidates will have five hours to finish the examination.
Like all other forms of NPTE, NPTE-i will provide a fair assessment of entry-level competence and is being prepared using the same review procedures and will adhere to all of the same quality standards that apply to all other NPTE forms.
All other additional information will be posted on www.fsbpt.org as soon as it becomes available. (PNA)