I Passed the Boards!
I finally received word on Friday that I passed the boards. The West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy sent me a letter, snail-mail style, to inform me that I can sleep soundly and stop worrying. A word of wisdom for anyone preparing to take the exam -- while I very much appreciated West Virginia permitting students to take the boards early, it was torturous waiting for the letter to come in the mail.
Classmates who took the exam in other states found out online three to four days earlier than those of us who were being licensed in West Virginia. Three to four days is an eternity. If you are impatient like I am, you may want to consider the process of score reporting before you sign up!
The most irritating aspect of score reporting actually had to do with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the entity responsible for the boards. When you take the exam, you'll be able to visit the FSBPT website to investigate the "status of your request." FSBPT releases a free score report 10 business days after the exam. They will, however, provide an early report for a $55 fee. I found this insulting. I just spent more than $600 on the NPTE -- don't exploit my anxiety. If you know my score, tell me.
Enough of my rant. In the end, all that matters is only minor academic requirements and nine weeks of clinical stand between me, my license, and a paycheck. For a PT student who is ready to graduate, there's no better feeling.