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Step by step process of becoming a Physical Therapist in West Virginia

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While West Virginia is a filled with rural areas and has a reputation (be it deserved or not) as a state filled with people and communities a little behind the rest of the country. In fact, some people in the state do live a simpler lifestyle, but many of them would tell you that that is not necessarily a bad thing. However there is no denying that a large number of residents of the state, especially along the Appalachian Mountain live in poverty. Still this state which covers 24, 229.76 square miles has another side. The state is gaining tourism thanks to gambling casinos and the appeal of its abundant nature trials and campsites.

There are several factors that make West Virginia a good place to practice physical therapy. Before examining them, let's first go over the process and the rules for becoming a therapist in the state. The state governing agency is the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy (WVBPT). All physical therapists practicing in the state, regardless of where they obtain their degrees or whether they hold a license from another state, must receive licenses from this board to practice in West Virginia. For more information on how to obtain a license, consult the agency's website (www.wvbopt.com).

Applicants must have completed a course of study and earned a degree from a graduate program in physical therapy. This program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. Applicants are required to submit an application for licensure and an Exam Application/Registration Form. However, there is more. They are also required to have letters sent from the director of the physical therapy program from which they graduated stating that all requirements for the programs have been completed and listing the earned degrees and the dates of graduation. The letters must be on the school's letter head. Transcripts are also required and they must have the dates of graduation on them.

Many applicants have become frustrated with the process, thinking it is more complicated than it need be. There is definitely an argument to be made in that area, but all things considered, it seems like a small task considering all the work and time that applicants reaching this point have already invested. Also, once the process is over, the reward, a career in physical therapy, will be waiting. Application must be notarized and licensing fees, application fees and examination processing fees are all included and will total just under $300 for each applicant. All applicants in the state are required to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Registration for the exam can be done online and the exam fee is $350.

Again this is a long process, but as we said before there are good reasons to become a physical therapist in the Mountain State and those include a population that has more than the average number of senior citizens, who are most likely to require the services of a therapist, and the state is mostly rural, which is where most of the growth in the profession is expected to occur.