Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals - an official New Hampshire Government website
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

Physical Therapy Governing Board

Welcome to the Physical Therapy Governing Board.

This site was developed to provide items of interest to licensees, applicants and consumers. It is our hope that the site is useful and informative. We invite you to contact the Board with your comments, suggestions or further information on specific questions.

Board News

New Rulemaking

On May 15, 2019, the Physical Therapy Governing Board voted on an initial rulemaking proposal regarding Phy 100–200. The Board has scheduled a public comment hearing on this proposal on September 18, 2019 at 1:45 p.m.

Persons interested in providing oral testimony on this proposal may do so in person at the public hearing. Written testimony on this proposal will be accepted through the end of the public comment hearing, and may be submitted through mail at the address listed above or via email to Thomas.Broderick@oplc.nh.gov.

FBI Background Checks Now Required

Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistants:

This notice is relevant to any individual who is applying for or will be applying for licensure as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant in the State of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has joined the interstate Compact. Adoption of the Compact law requires all Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants to have an FBI background check done as part of the licensure process. For this reason the following shall apply:

1. If an applicant has an application, in process in our office, those applicants will have until October 19, 2018 to become licensed or they will be required to obtain an FBI background check.

2. If an applicant has not submitted their application for licensure they will be required to obtain an FBI background check and will not be required to submit individual background checks from other States.

All applicants for Physical Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant licensure MUST complete the designated PT/PTA FBI Application form posted on our web site. Submit that form along with the fee of $48.25, and either inked fingerprints or live scan fingerprint document to this office.

These background checks will only be accepted if they are run through this office. If you have them run yourself they will not be accepted.

Physical Therapy Compact Information

PT Compact Commission Public Notice of Proposed Rules Amendments
This Notice of Proposed Rule changes is being publicly noticed pursuant to Section 9.D. of the Compact.

The proposed amendments pdf file are available online. You may also find out more about the Interstate Compact by visiting the ptcompact.org website.

New Hampshire Jurisprudence Assessment Module

New Hampshire licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are required to complete the New Hampshire Jurisprudence Assessment Module (NH JAM) each April, May, or June of years ending in 0 and 5. In addition, this is a requirement for licensure and reinstatement of licensure.

What is the New Hampshire Jurisprudence Assessment Module (NH JAM*)?

The NH JAM is an Examination and must be completed only by the indivdual taking the exam. You may not take the examination in collaboration with any other indivduals. When you check the attestation you are swearing under penalty of perjury and disciplinary action pursuant to the Board's statutes and rules that you have not mechanically copied, hand copied, or reproduced the questions contained on the exam in any way, have not provided the exam to anyone else for review or copying, and you personally took the exam without the help of any other individual.

The NH JAM is an online learning and assessment tool consisting of 50 questions derived from the laws and administrative rules governing the practice of physical therapy in New Hampshire. NH JAM takers are allowed 1.5 hours to complete it and must answer 80% of the questions correctly to pass. The NH JAM is an "open-book" assessment, meaning that licensees are able to reference the laws and rules while taking the module. For convenience, takers will have access to the laws and administrative rules within the online NH JAM. Licensees are permitted as many attempts as necessary within the completion time frame but will have to pay for each attempt. It is advisable to review the laws and rules prior to taking the NH JAM.

*The NH JAM is developed and administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Who must take the NH JAM?

All New Hampshire licensees must earn a passing score on the NH JAM as a requirement for renewal of licensure (Rule Phy 402.06.07 Jurisprudence Examination) in years ending in 0 and 5. In 2020, the designated period of time to pass the NH JAM is June 1 through August 31, 2020. Failure to complete the NH JAM with a passing score by August 31, 2020 shall result in an investigation by the New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board and possible disciplinary action to your license. For more information contact the Board.

How to Register and Complete

Registration is available anytime, but for those renewing their license they must register and test within the designated time frame. The NH JAM should be taken immediately after registering.  If necessary, you may wait up to 48 hours after registration. Failure to complete the assessment within 48 hours will result in forfeiture of the registration fee. Please plan to register when you are assured you can complete it within the 48-hour period.

Pricing

Jurisprudence Assessment Module
Dates Fee
June 1 through June 30, 2020 $48.00
July 1 through August 31, 2020 $48.00

Please note that a 1.6% processing fee, rounded up to the nearest dollar, will apply. You must pay by Visa or Master Card at the time of registration. Fees are for the NH JAM only. Licensees must also go through the standard licensure renewal process required by the New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board and pay the associated licensure renewal fees.

Score Reporting

NH JAM takers will immediately receive a detailed score report indicating PASSED or FAILED, the total number and percent of questions answered correctly, and the number and percent of questions answered correctly within each content area (Consumer Advocacy, Patient Care Management, etc.). The score report also includes links to the sections of the laws, rules and regulations under which questions were answered incorrectly for the taker to review.

Please look for an update close to June 1 announcing the availability of the NH JAM.

Board Members

The Board consists of 5 members appointed to serve a 3 year term. A Board member is only allowed to serve 2 consecutive 3 year terms. By New Hampshire Statute RSA 328-F:4, the Board must be comprised of the following 5 members:

  • 2 physical therapists who have actively engaged in the practice of physical therapy in this state for at least 3 years,
  • 1 physical therapy assistant who has actively engaged in the practice of physical therapy in this state for at least 3 years,
  • and 2 public members.

Available Seats on the Board

The Board is currently looking for 1 Physical Therapist and 1 public member. If you are interested contact the Governor's Office at (603) 271-2121. If you would like information on the Board's functions contact Tina Kelley at (603) 271-8389.

Initial or Reinstatement License

To apply for an initial New Hampshire license or to reinstate a New Hampshire license, use our electronic submission feature to request an application packet or contact the Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals at (603) 271-8389 and request an application packet.

License Cycle

All physical therapy licenses expire on December 31st in every even-numbered year per New Hampshire Statute RSA 328-F:19. Depending on when your application is approved a license may be valid for only a few months of the two-year cycle. Initial license fees are not pro-rated. Renewal notices are sent out from the office no later than October 15 of the renewal year. Continuing education requirements are dependent on initial and ongoing timelines of licenses.

Recently Moved?

Whether moving around New Hampshire or relocating to another state, every licensee is obligated to notify this office of any changes. Allied Health law RSA 328-F:21 states "Licensees shall maintain their current business and home address on file with the applicable board. Any changes in address shall be provided to the office no later than 30 days from the date of the change." Keeping your file information current is your responsibility.

Portable Document Format Symbol Portable Document Format (.pdf). Visit nh.gov for a list of free .pdf readers for a variety of operating systems.


Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152