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Physical Therapist


A physical therapist is a licensed health care professional who examines and evaluates a patient's condition and then plans and administers treatments to promote optimal health. Physical therapists seek to relieve pain, improve the body's movement and function, maintain cardiopulmonary function, restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function; and limit disabilities resulting from injury or disease.

Licensing Requirements:

A New York physical therapist has completed an approved four-to-six-year college program in physical therapy, including studies in biology, basic medical sciences, and clinical experience. Studies focus on the evaluation and treatment of the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and the nervous system. In addition, New York physical therapists have passed a national written examination and met all criteria for licensure in New York State.


The fee for licensure as a physical therapist is $294.
The fee for a limited permit for a physical therapist is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 1,380 licenses issued for this occupation
In 2019, there were 1,417 licenses issued for this occupation
In 2020, there were 1,412 licenses issued for this occupation

As of January 1, 2021, there were 20,149 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Physical Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: (518) 474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 180 (voice)
Fax: (518) 402-5944
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1123 - Physical Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Physical Therapy Association
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
Phone: (800) 999-2782

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
124 West Street South, 3rd floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 299-3100
Fax: (703) 299-3110


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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