Board Information

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Welcome to the Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners is pleased to share with you the licensing and regulatory information for physical therapist and physical therapist assistants. Within this website you will find information on what is needed to become licensed, verify who is already licensed, and learn the statutory and regulatory requirements if you are licensed. You can also learn of board meetings and agenda topics, see the latest news and view frequently asked questions. You can start your search for information by choosing from board information topics to the left on each tab.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent health professionals and by the regulation of the related practices to promote the delivery of quality health care. 

Helpful Hint:

The primary communication method for the division is e-mail. Make sure your e-mail address is current in the database. Also keep your preferred mailing address current. You can update your e-mail and mailing address by clicking on the "Change Address" link under the "Quick Links" section on this website.

For general questions, please feel free to contact the Board office at dlibsdptp@mt.gov

Important Information!

Attention Licenees: New Law in Effect April 19, 2019

HB 518 - Allow physical therapists to supervise physical therapy assistants by means of telemedicine.

 

The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners:

Linda Grief, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2395

DLIBSDPTP@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620



Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call until further notice.  No outside participants or stakeholders           will be allowed access in the building.  Please attend by phone.

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. 
Members serve 3 year terms with no more than two consecutive terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdptp@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

Kelsey Wadsworth - President, Physical Therapist
Jennifer Reisenauer - Vice President, Physical Therapist
Holly Claussen - Secretary, Physical Therapist
Bridget Mennie - Physical Therapist
Pat Goodover II - Public Member

News

Decision Making Guide

Position Statement: Physical Therapy Aides Performing Designated Unskilled Tasks

Dry Needling (APTA) 

APTA November 2011 letter to the Board RE: Dry Needling

HB 105 - An act adopting an interstate physical therapy licensure compact.

HB 386 - An act providing that physical therapy may be practiced through telemedicine.

HB 518 - Allow physical therapists to supervise physical therapy assistants by means of telemedicine

SB 74 - Each physical therapists and physical therapy assistant applicant is required to submit fingerprints for a fingerprint criminal record background check.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the Application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A physical therapist application checklist can be found here.

A physical therapist assistant application checklist can be foud here.

A. Application Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable
$100.00 Original License Fee (must be paid by all applicants) 
$100.00 Temporary Licensee Fee (applicants who have not taken the NPTE/NPTAE)
$125.00 Endorsement Fee (must be paid by applicants licensed in another state)

B. Education Requirements: Completion of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant program.

C. Examination Information: Must have passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) or National Physical Therapy Assistant Examination (NPTAE) and Jurisprudence Examination.

D. Continuing Education Requirements: Each licensee shall obtain 30 hours/credits of continuing education in each 24-month period prior to the renewal date in odd-numbered years.

The reporting period is April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021.

No continuing education is required for licensees renewing for the first time.

E. Renewal Period: Feb. 1 - April 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until May 16

F. Renewal Fee: Active and Late $60

G. Other Special License Requirements: To obtain the score transfer form please go to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy web site.

- If licensed in another state, license verifications from all states or jurisdictions that the licensee has held or holds a license.

- Fingerprint-Background Check: Applicants must complete a background check through submission of fingerprints to the Department of Justice, Montana Criminal Records prior to being licensed. Results of the background check are sent directly to the Board Office by the Montana Department of Justice. 

PT Compact - FAQ's

Exam Information

Two examinations must be passed to receive a license to practice physical therapy in the State of Montana. The first examination is the Jurisprudence Examination, which is an open book examination covering current rules and regulations, Montana physical therapy statutes, rules and regulations, subject to Title 37, Chapters 1 and 11, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) and Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM), Chapters 101 and 177. To pass the examination an applicant must score at least a 90%. Applicants failing the Jurisprudence Examination shall retake the examination until passed. A fee of $25.00 will be charged for each retake. Enclosed in the application packet will be a Jurisprudence Examination that needs to be completed and returned with the Licensure Application.

The second examination which must be passed is the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) or the National Physical Therapy Assistant Examination (NPTAE). These examinations are computer-based (taken on a computer). The applicant must register and pay fees to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to take the NPTE or NPTAE. FSBPT administers the examination, designates the testing sites, and provides the applicant with an authorization to test letter. The testing site is at a local Sylvan Learning Center.

To pass the licensing examination an applicant must score a passing grade equal to or greater than a scaled score of 600.

Applicants may register for the NPTE or NPTAE prior to graduation but may not sit for the examination until they submit proof of graduation.  A letter from the school certifying graduation may be used in lieu of a diploma or transcripts, in order to register for the examination.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

License Verification Request

You can determine if a person is licensed in Montana by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.  Written requests are also welcome and the process to follow is outlined below.  

Individuals who are licensed in Montana and need a verification on the status of their license can use the official license verification form.   Physicians and physician assistants should use VeriDoc  to have verification sent on the status of their license to another state medical board.

There are THREE types of Licensure Verification Requests:

1). Licensees for any profession can be verified by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.
This website provides real-time connectivity to the Business Standards Licensing Database.  There is no charge for this service.

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2). An individual may request licensure information directly from the board or program email link. The email should include first and last name, address, city, state, license number and any other type of identifying information. There is no charge for this service.

A response should occur within 3 days of receipt.

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3). To request an official Montana license verification be sent to another state licensing board, jurisdiction or individual for license confirmation status in the State of Montana. The fee for this is $20.00 per verification requested.

Once the fee and official license verification form are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to physical therapy are written and adopted by the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Physical Therapy Examiners continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by emailing: SOSARM@mt.gov. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.

 

Physical Therapy Compact Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (Published 9/23/2020)

 

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-177-35

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.177.401 fees, 24.177.504 temporary permit and 24.177.2105 continuing education.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT 

 NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION

 

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-177-33

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.177.2105 continuing education and the adoption of NEW RULE I dry needling

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-177-32

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.177.501 examinations, 24.177.507 licensure of out-of-state applicants, the adoption of NEW RULE I dry needling, and the repeal of ARM 24.177.2101 renewals and 24.177.2401 complaint procedure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complaint Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

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