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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 confirmed by the Senate.  Members serve a four-year term and 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 Oregon 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.
On-Line PT / PTA Compact Privilege Holder Lookup 
A Compact Privilege allows PT and PTA's licensed in a compact member state the ability to work in Oregon.  Privileges are issued by the Compact Commission, and a listing of privilege holders is maintained by the Commission at the link below.  This link constitutes a "primary issuing source".

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


Name 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 



Physical Therapy Multistate Compact


The Compact is an agreement between member states that allows for PT or PTA licensees in one member state to apply for privileges to work in another member state.

Compact privledges are issued by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission.  The Compact began issuing privileges in the first six states, including Oregon, in July 2018.  Privileges are expected to begin to be issued in more member states in the near future, as they come fully on line.  There are currently 21 member states as of September 2018. 

For more information, a map of member states, and an FAQ, please see the Physical Therapy Compact Commission (PTCC) website at:




The most recent rules adopted by the Commission, applying to all member states, are linked below:  

Proposed Administrative Rulemaking

 Pursuant to ORS 183.335(1)(d) and ORS 183.335(15)(c), the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board has initiated three (3) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. 
Copies of the Notices were published in the November 1st, 2019 Oregon Bulletin and are available via the links below.  Public comment is being taken until Friday, 12/6/2019, and may be submitted via mail, fax or email.  The Board will consider all public comment and the adoption of the final rules at their 12/13/2019 board meeting.
The three (3) proposed rules are as follows:
1. 848-005-0005: Adopt new rule to implement HB 2092 (2019) changing the name of the Board to the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy.
The proposed rule creates an equivalency between the new and old name of the Board as used in OAR 848, so that all rules, licenses and other documents bearing the old name remain valid. Click here for Notice
2. 848-055-0001: Amend rule to adopt the most current version of the PT Compact Commission Rules, as adopted by the PT Compact Commission October 2019.
The PT Compact Commission made minor modifications to their rules in October 2019.  Pursuant to ORS 240, the Board must formally adopt the updated PT Compact Rules via Oregon administrative rulemaking.Click here for Notice
3. 848-005-0020, 848-010-0027: New rule and amended rule to provide military spouses and domestic partners temporary authorization to practice medicine in Oregon.
The proposed amendments implement HB 3030 (2019) and SB 688 (2019) to provide the spouse or domestic partner of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Oregon a temporary authorization to practice their health care profession. The spouse or domestic partner must hold a current license by another state with substantially similar requirements and must have demonstrated competency in the profession. To implement the bills, the proposed amendment allows issuance of a temporary authorization for a license.

2020 NPTE Dates and Deadlines


Test Dates and Registration Deadlines:

 PTA   NPTE     Jan 9, 2020               Registration deadline - 12/05/2019

 PT     NPTE      Jan 29, 2020            Registration deadline - 12/26/2019

 PTA   NPTE     Apr 7, 2020               Registration deadline - 03/03/2020

 PT     NPTE      Apr 28, 2020             Registration deadline - 03/24/2020


Board Meetings and Public Hearings:


Mar   6, 2020    8:30am     Board Meeting


May   1, 2020     8:30am     Board Meeting


July  24, 2020   8:30am     Board Meeting


Sep  18, 2020    8:30am     Board Meeting


Nov  13, 2020    8:30am     Strategic Planning


Dec  11, 2020    8:30am     Board Meeting


Upcoming Holiday Closure Schedule
Dec 25, 2019   Christmas 

2020 License Renewal Coming Soon
Over the next few weeks the Oregon Board of Physical Therapy will be making several changes, including the name of the Board.  Two of the more noticeable changes will be a new database and a new website.  For the new database, you will need to create your own personal login and account.  Once that is done, you will be able to renew your license.  In order to link your account to your existing license, you’ll be required to create your login using the email address that the Board already has on file.

Please be sure that the email you provided the Board in the past is correct and current.  To make any changes you can submit the online contact information form prior to renewals.  

As with any major information technology changes the dates for implementation have not been firmly established.  We hope to have everything ready by mid-January and updates will be posted on our website.  We will be sending out more detailed information on the process for renewal once it is available. 

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, 2018 - March 31, 2020.
The number of hours required during this certification period depends on when your initial license is effective, as described below:
  • 24 hours, if your license was obtained prior to April 1, 2019.
  • 12 hours, if your license is obtained between April 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  • 0 hours, if your license in obtained between Jan 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
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.
Please see the Oregon Administrative Rules for more details about CC.

Oregon Jurisprudence Assessment Module 
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.  Click on the following link to learn more about the OR JAM and to register.
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.
 Fingerprint Backgound Check began April 1, 2017
In compliance with ORS 676.303 Oregon Laws 2016 Chapter 13 Section 3, effective April 1, 2017 the Oregon PT Board now requires 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.
 Link to
Fieldprint, Inc.
 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.