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  • Welcome to the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board
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    The Physical Therapist Licensing Board was created in 1971 to regulate the practice of physical therapy in Oregon. The Board's purpose is public protection and to establish professional standards of practice which assure that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are properly educated, hold valid/current licenses, practice within their scope of practice and continue to receive ongoing training throughout their careers. Physical therapy practice is governed by state statutes and rules, which define the scope of practice. The Board issues licenses, promulgates rules, monitors continuing education, investigates complaints, issues civil penalties for violations and may revoke, suspend or impose probation on a licensee or limit his/her practice. The Board is comprised of eight volunteer members: five physical therapists, one physical therapist assistant, and two public members. Each member is appointed by the Governor and may serve a four-year term. A Board member may be reappointed to subsequent terms. The Board is self-supporting and activities are financed solely from licensure and related fees.
On-Line PT / PTA License Lookup
This site does constitute a "primary issuing source" for purposes of license verification. Unless otherwise noted on an individual document, the Board grants permission to copy and distribute documents and information verbatim for non-commercial use.


Maintaining Contact Information 

Any change in your mailing address, phone number, e-mail address or place of employment must be reported to the Board within 30 days.  To change your contact information please mail, fax or e-mail the form below to the Board. 

 Address Change Form


 Written Verification of Oregon PT or PTA License

To request a Written Verification of your Oregon PT / PTA license you must complete and submit the form below along with the required fee to the Oregon PT Board.

Written Verification Form 


PT / PTA Lapse  Date March 31 2018

848*010*0033  All physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licenses expire on March 31 of each even numbered year regardless of the initial date.


2018 -  Rule Changes

 The following changes to OAR 848 were implemented January 1, 2018.  Click the link below to see the changes in markup format.  The new language is already incorporated into the compiled Administrative Rules available via the left navigation menu, or here.

January 2018 Changes


The PT Board is currently proposing new rules related to the implementation of the Interstate Physical Therapy Compact in Oregon.  Please see the proposed rules posted on the right-hand navigation menu, or via the links below:


Compact Fee Hearing Notice and Proposed Rule

Compact Related Rules Hearing Notice and Proposed Rule


Physical Therapy Compact Commission

The Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) adopted rules applying to all member states, effective November 2017. These are the rules currently being considered for adoption by Oregon in the above Oregon rulemaking notice. Click on the link below to review the rules.


Physical Therapy Compact Rules November 2017 


PROPOSED AMENDMENT NOTICE: The PTCC is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to Rule 2.1 - Criminal Background Check of the PT Compact Commission Rules adopted November 2017. Comments are due to the Commission by June 1, 2018.

Read the notice of proposed amendments to the Rules and how to comment on their website here.


2018 Dates and Deadlines


May 18, 2018         Board Meeting                                   

PTA NPTE  July 10, 2018          Application deadline        06/05/2018

PT NPTE    July 24-25, 2018     Application deadline        06/19/2018

August 3, 2018        Board Meeting                                  

PTA NPTE  Oct 3, 2018             Application deadline       08/29/2018

October 12, 2018     Board Meeting                            

PT NPTE    Oct 24, 2018           Application deadline        09/19/2018

December 7, 2018  Board Meeting                                   


Holiday Closure Schedule
Jan 1, 2018      New Years Day
Jan 15, 2018    Martin Luther King Jr Day
Feb 19, 2018    Presidents Day
May 28, 2018   Memorial Day
July 4, 2018     Independence Day
Sep 3, 2018     Labor Day
Nov 12, 2018   Veterans Day
Nov 22, 2018   Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2018   Day after Thanksgiving
Dec 25, 2018   Christmas
Oregon Administrative Rules-PDF
 For your convenience, here is a downloadable PDF of the OAR 848.
 Dry Needling - DOJ Opinion
​From the Oregon Department of Justice May 19, 2017:
The Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board asks a question about the scope of practice of its licensees.  Below we set out that question and our short answer, followed by a discussion.  
Question: is the practice of "dry needling" within the scope of practice of a physical therapist licensed in Oregon ?
Short Answer: No.
Renewal of Lapsed License
If your license is lapsed less than one year you will need to submit to the Board certificates of completion for your continuing competency requirement, and a Lapsed License Renewal form.  Please contact the Board for more information and the required form. 
To renew a  license lapsed more than one year there are four basic requirements. You will need  to complete the Continuing Competency requirement, which is based on how long your license is lapsed. OAR 848-010-0035, all back licensing fees and a one time late fee must be paid, you must take and pass the Oregon Jurisprudence exam and you will need to complete a background check using Fieldprint as described below. To renew a license lapsed more than one year you will need to contact the Oregon PT Board.
Continuing Competency (CC)
The current Certification Period is April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2018
24 units are required if your initial license was obtained prior to April 1, 2017
12 units are required if your initial license was obtained between April 1, 2017 and Dec 31, 2017
The pain management module may be taken for credit once during each certification period for 1 unit.
The OR-JAM may be taken for credit once during each certification period for 3 units.
CPR courses are limited to 1 unit of CC credit regardless of the length of the course.
Both Licensees and students may now use aPTitude to track their Continuing Competency.  Use the above link to see a powerpoint demonstration of setting up and using aPTitude.
Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Module 
The Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board is excited to announce the launch of the Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Module (OR JAM) effective Dec, 1, 2016.  Applicants for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure in Oregon will need to complete the OR JAM as a requirement for initial licensure.  The OR JAM replaces the Board's former jurisprudence examination.  Beginning Dec 1, 2016 click on the following link to learn more about the OR JAM and register.
 Fingerprint Backgound Check begins April 1, 2017
In compliance with ORS 676.303 Oregon Laws 2016 Chapter 13 Section 3, effective April 1, 2017 the Oregon PT Board will require a FBI fingerprint background check for all new applications and for individuals applying for reinstatement of a lapsed license.  Fieldprint Inc is the approved state resource for this service.  To make an appointment with Fieldprint you will use the link below.  You will need to use the PT Board agency code FPORPTLicensingBdDAS in order to make an appointment.
Pain Management Module
If your are a PT applicant you will be required to complete the Pain Management module and send a completed copy of the certificate with your application.
As a PT or PTA you may take the Pain Management Module and count if for one hour of Continuing Competency.  There is no fee to take the Pain Management module.