How to Become a Physical Therapist in Alabama


The State of Alabama Board of Physical Therapy governs the licensing, examination, and continuing education requirements necessary to become a Physical Therapist in Alabama.

An applicant for licensure as a Physical Therapist in the state of Alabama must complete a physical therapy program of education recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and their Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

In addition to the education requirements, a Physical Therapy applicant must show that they are of a “good moral character” required to become a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of Alabama. An applicant for licensure must submit at least two letters of reference from professional sources indicating that they meet the moral character requirements. An applicant can be refused licensure as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, conviction of a felony or other crime that raises doubts in moral strength, attempting to fraudulently obtain a license, violation of federal or state narcotic laws, or any other conduct that may considered inappropriate for a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy professional.

The application for Physical Therapy Licensure by Examination must include a completed application form with photograph, any required fees (not to exceed $250), two letters of reference, and a completed examination application form. A Certification of Physical Therapy Education form is required, and must be endorsed by an authorized representative of your CAPTE accredited educational institution. Furthermore, the official transcript of grades showing graduation or completion of required education must also be received by the board.

Physical Therapists without a valid license in another state will be required to pass a licensure examination and jurisprudence examination. This examination is to be proctored, but can be taken in an approved testing center in any state, not just Alabama. Any candidate who fails either of the initial examination can reschedule a second examination. The fees for this reexamination will be the same as those for the initial examination. If an applicant does not pass the reexamination, they will be required to resubmit all application paperwork and reapply as a new applicant for Alabama Physical Therapy licensure. In Alabama, an applicant is allowed to sit for the Physical Therapist examination a maximum of three times.

Physical Therapists in the state of Alabama can expect to complete 10 contact hours (or one CEU) of continuing education each year in order to maintain their Physical Therapist license.

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy
Contact Information:

Alabama Board of Physical Therapy
100 North Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-5040


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