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Professional Licensure

DPT, Entry-Level Physical Therapy

DPT is an on-campus program that places students in supervised field experiences both within and outside of New York State (NYS). NYU is authorized pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) to enroll students in supervised field experiences in the SARA states and territories. For further details regarding NYU's SARA membership please visit the NYU State Authorization website. SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure meet the educational requirements for licensure in those states in which students are doing learning placements.

The NYU Steinhardt DPT Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Graduation from an accredited program is required for licensure to practice physical therapy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The NYU Steinhardt DPT program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Steinhardt DPT conducts placement activity in the following states outside NYS and has made the following determination with respect to additional professional licensure requirements, beyond educational requirements, in those specific states.

Please note, all states may require an applicant to: be of good moral character; obtain a passing rate on the NPTE exam; submit a complete and accurate application for licensure, which may include such requirements as submitting a passport-sized photo, providing proof of legal residence in the United States, submitting, or having the applicant’s program submit, verification of graduation and disclosing all previous names; pay all required fees; and undergo some sort of background check, among other requirements.

Additionally, please be aware that the presence of a misdemeanor, felony or violation conviction on an applicant’s record may bar the applicant from obtaining a license to practice physical therapy.

If you are interested in having a placement in a different state or gaining licensure in a different state other than what is listed in the chart below, please contact Alex Cook at alexander.cook@nyu.edu to discuss if this is possible.

Note, state regulations change frequently, and the information posted here may have changed at the time of your specific application to or enrollment in our program of study. Please check with Aaron Fenhagen at af163@nyu.edu if you have specific questions about whether our program meets licensure requirements in a specific state.

State State License Contact Info Meets the Academic Requirements for State Licensure? Additional Information
California Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the CA jurisprudence exam and get fingerprinted.
Colorado Yes Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must get fingerprinted, attest to holding malpractice insurance, attest to developing a written plan for the security of patient medical records, and complete the Healthcare Professions Profile.
Connecticut Yes Additional Licensure Requirements: 
Candidates must possess professional liability insurance.
District of Columbia
Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the D.C. Jurisprudence Examination.
Florida Yes
Additional Licensure Requiremets:
Candidates must pass Florida Laws and Rules Examination.
Illinois Yes  
Indiana Physical Therapy Board Yes  
Maryland Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the Maryland Jurisprudence Examination.
Michigan Michigan Board of Physical Therapy Yes Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass MI Jurisprudence Exam
and complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking. 
Nevada State of Nevada Physical Therapy Board Yes Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass NV Jurisprudence Exam.
New Jersey Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the New Jersey State Jurisprudence Examination.
Oregon Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Module and obtain a pain management certificate by completing the Oregon online pain management module.
Pennsylvania Yes
Additional Licensure Requirements: 
Candidates must undergo 3 hours of training approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the topic of child abuse recognition and reporting. Candidates can complete this training online by a state-approved provider.
Texas Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Yes Additional Licensure Requirements:
Candidates must pass the Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module.
Utah Utah Physical Therapy Licensing Board Yes  
Virginia Virginia Board of Physical Therapy Yes  
Washington Yes  

The NYU Steinhardt DPT Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. NYU Steinhardt has not been able to make a determination with respect to additional professional licensure requirements, beyond educational requirements, for the following states and territories:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • US Virgin Islands