Welcome to FCCPT, the first stop for the foreign-educated physical therapy professional who needs to know about working in the U.S. as a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA). You’ll find accurate information, essential services and a wealth of resources related to U.S. licensure, visa screening and credentialing.
USCIS has re-authorized FCCPT to issue the Health Care Workers Certificate for immigration (Type 1 Certificate). Based on USCIS guidance, the FCCPT Board of Directors has approved updated eligibility requirements for the Type 1 Certificate.
Utah has recently updated its rules about the type of FCCPT review required for initial licensure in Utah.
The new rule will require a Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type I Review) for initial licensure through Utah.
Confused about which FCCPT Service to apply for? Please review the FCCPT Service Summary Chart for details on the uses and requirements for the Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type I Review), for Immigration or Licensure Only, and the Educational Credentials Review services.
There are numerous post-professional (transition) DPT programs.
You can find a directory of post-professional programs that are available online, onsite, or a combination. Post-professional DPT programs are not CAPTE-approved, however, FCCPT only accepts DPT programs that are based in schools that ARE CAPTE accredited. You can find the Directory of Post-professional DPT (Transition) Programs on the APTA website.
Applicants who apply for the Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review) or Educational Credentials Review can rest assured that the final Evaluation Report will be accepted by any U.S. licensure board.
Applicants who complete a Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review) with FCCPT and are found equivalent are more than twice as likely to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) on the first attempt as those who complete their evaluation with other agencies.
FCCPT bundles some services into one fee; other agencies charge separate fees to accomplish the same thing, amounting to hundreds of dollars more. For instance, the Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review) includes a visa screening, an Educational Credentials Review for licensure, and a verification of eligibility to practice, all for one fee.
Due to implementation of CWT6, reviews are significantly delayed. Please allow up to twenty-four (24) working weeks for completion. For complete list of service completion timelines, please see How to Apply.
All documents that arrive for evaluation are digitized and stored forever at NO additional cost to the applicant. These can be retrieved at any time for future services, or for the applicant to request Copies. The majority of other credentialing agencies have a limit of 2-7 years after which documents are destroyed.
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