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How to become a physical therapist in Idaho

Requirements for Idaho Physical Therapist License

What are the requirements to become a physical therapist in Idaho?

The Idaho Board of Physical Therapy (IBPT) regulates physical therapist licensing in Idaho. To practice physical therapy in Idaho, you must have a license from the IBPT. You can become a physical therapist in Idaho by examination or endorsement.

To be licensed by examination, the applicant must graduate from a school of physical therapy and pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

To be licensed by endorsement, an applicant must be:

  • Of good character
  • Actively licensed in another state based on passage of an exam similar to the one required by Idaho

How do I get a license to practice physical therapy in Idaho?

If you meet the requirements, simply submit an Application for Physical Therapy License, documents, and fees to the Idaho Board of Physical therapy.

Send documents to:

Idaho State Board of Physical therapy
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0021

How much does the physical therapist license cost?

Application: $50
Administrative fee: $40
Original license fee: $40
NPTE fee: $40
Annual renewal: $40

Are there any continuing education requirements for Idaho physical therapists?

Licensed physical therapists are required to complete sixteen hours of continuing education annually. When a physical therapist signs the renewal application, they must certify that they have completed the required education. Physical therapists only have to submit your documentation if they are audited by the IBPT.

What else do I need to know about being a licensed physical therapist?

A licensed physical therapist may want to form an Idaho business entity with the Idaho secretary of state. Forming an Idaho business can be pretty easy. Idaho does not require physical therapists to set up any particular type of entity. Entities such as corporations and limited liability companies offer asset protection for physical therapists.

Idaho does not require businesses to indicate the type of business they perform (such as the words “physical therapist” or “PT”) in the business name.


Idaho State Board of Physical Therapy

Idaho Secretary of State