We welcome Dr. Nancy Kirsch (Current President of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy-FSBPT) and Dr. Richard Woolf (Current FSBPT Assessment Content Manager) onto HETPodcast to talk about their perspective from the US PT Licensing Organization. Nancy and Richard discuss their backgrounds and how they got involved with FSBPT, history and transformation of FSBPT to its current status, how the organization works on its own and in collaboration with other organizations, legal factors that influence FSBPT, How the NPTE is developed and how questions are processed for the exam, options to raise the NPTE level of expectation, strengths and limitations of the NPTE, barriers to have the test updated with current evidence more often, upcoming NPTE changes, and more!

FSBPT Website: http://www.fsbpt.org/ 

FSBPT Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fsbpt/ 

FSBPT Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/TheFSBPT 

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Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy Website: http://www.fccpt.org/ 

International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities Website: http://www.inptra.org/Home.aspx 


Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA  President of FSBPT

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA received her PT degree from Temple University, her Masters in Health Education from Montclair University, Certificate in Health Administration from Seton Hall University, her PhD concentration in ethics from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH. She practiced in a variety of settings including in-patient rehabilitation, acute care, long term care and home care. She owned a private practice for twenty years and currently practices in a school based setting. In addition she is the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Nancy has been a member of the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since 1990 and was chairperson of the board for 12 years. She served as an evaluator for FCCPT. Nancy has been involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in the following capacities. She served two terms on the Finance committee and also served on several task forces, in addition to the Board of Directors. Nancy has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association since she was a student. She served the New Jersey Chapter as Secretary and President, and as a delegate and chief delegate to the House of Delegates. She served the national association as a member of the ethics document revision task force. She also served a five year term on the APTA Ethics and Judicial Committee and the APTA Reference Committee. She received the Lucy Blair Service Award and was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow from National APTA and received an Outstanding Service Award and the President’s Award from the FSBPT.

Richard Woolf, PT, DPT, CSCS FSBPT Assessment Content Manager

Richard Woolf is the Assessment Content Manager for the FSBPT. He works closely with item writers and exam committee volunteers to develop the content for the National Physical Therapy Examination Program. Previously, he worked as the Director of Rehabilitation at a hospital in Arizona. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Richard has a Master of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences.

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