The NPTE-i will be the new examination to be taken by eligible candidates who had their first physical therapy degree from Egypt, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Formerly called NPTE-YRLY, the NPTE-i is the alternative form of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), which will be given to candidates from those restricted countries mentioned. The creation of the new set of exams ‘was a result of pervasive, ongoing security breaches by significant numbers of graduates of physical therapy schools from the restricted countries,’ according to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) website.
The FSBPT assures those in the restricted groups that the NPTE-i will be like all the other forms of the NPTE. It is being created following the same guidelines and procedures that is being employed in the creation of all other forms of the NPTE.
The NPTE-i will be given twice per year starting next year. Eligible candidates may start registering/applying at the FSBPT website on November 1, 2010 for the May 25, 2011 NPTE-i PT.
The next scheduled exam will be on December 5, 2011 where registration opens with the FSBPT on June 1, 2011.
Just like the other forms of the NPTE, the NPTE-i will be composed of 250 questions with a five-hour time limit.