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Journey of a DPT Student

I Passed the Boards!

Published February 10, 2014 6:52 PM by Lauren Rosso

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.

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I find myself in the same situation, nearing the end of my education that is. However all I can think about is getting ready for my comprehensive final in a couple weeks, trying to figure out how to wrap up my research to present, and what my study schedule for boards will be. I think that most of these problems are because our class schedule was structured differently than yours was at the time. I feel like my life revolves around those things right now and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like I have to do all these things and start applying for jobs so that I can start supporting myself after I graduate. Maybe it is just for me, meaning I am just letting myself get wrapped up in the small details to allow me to enjoy everything I have accomplished at this point. Reading this has made me realize that I need to start enjoying this stage. At least find a happy medium between the two ideas, enjoying this time and being productive at the same time.  Thanks for this post because it was really eye opening as to how to handle all of this without getting overwhelmed.

Jean Kelly, SPT March 24, 2014 11:53 PM

Lauren, I cannot imagine the emotions that you were going through waiting on your final results!  It had to be extremely difficult to study for the boards while you were in school during your clinicals.  Congratulations!!  I cannot imagine doing that to myself as a current first year student in the East Carolina University DPT program.  I am all set awaiting my first clinical rotation in a little more than a week.  So we shall see how this goes.  Wish my class at ECU luck!

Zach Blank, SPT March 16, 2014 4:46 PM
Greenville NC

Congratulations! Well done and well deserved!

Dean Metz February 12, 2014 9:17 PM


Jason Marketti February 10, 2014 7:15 PM

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