The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy have resolved their dispute over the fees for the National Physical Therapy Examination that had been the subject of litigation.

Under the terms of the settlement, the examination fee will remain $350 through 2009, with set limits on any increases in the fee that may be instituted thereafter, through the expiration of the contract between the Association and the Federation in 2014. The new terms ensure that the price to take the Examination remains affordable for licensure candidates starting their careers in the profession, while providing appropriate revenue to support the Federation’s continued development and administration of the Examination.

“We think this is a fair resolution, and we are confident that this agreement on Examination fees is in the best interests of our members and the physical therapy profession,” said Federation President E. Dargan Ervin, PT, and Association President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, adding that “we are glad to put this dispute behind us and plan to return the focus of our relationship to continued collaboration between our organizations.”

[SOURCE: APTA, September 9, 2006]