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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.

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Effective with applications received January 15, 2020 and thereafter, FCCPT will award a maximum of one hundred seventy-five (175) U.S. semester credits for the five-year (ten semester) Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree awarded to graduates of De La Salle Medical & Health Sciences Institute (Philippines) in the year 2014 and after.

The standard credit conversion of one Philippine unit equals 0.75 U.S. semester credits. This results in De La Salle Medical & Health Sciences Institute graduates (2014 and after) receiving approximately 220 U.S. semester credits for a ten semester Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree. In the U.S., the average for a ten semester, science-based degree is approximately 160 semester credits.

At this time, we do not plan to alter our credit conversion policy for other Philippine universities.

Awarding U.S. Semester Credits De La Salle Medical & Health Institute

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FCCPT Service Summary

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.

FCCPT Service Summary

Important Description of FCCPT Services
New Service & Exciting Changes

FCCPT introduces our new service, the CWT Version Update. The CWT Version Update is for applicants who need an evaluation on a version of the CWT that was not included in a previous service. Effective October 1, 2018, each service (Type 1 Review, Educational Credentials Review, PTA EER, Reactivation and Re-evaluation) will include an evaluation on one version of the CWT. The version of the CWT is determined based on the selection of the recipient for the Included Report. If no recipient is selected for the Included Report, the evaluation will be completed on the most current CWT. If you have already completed a Type 1 Review, Educational Credentials Review, PTA EER, Reactivation or Re-evaluation service, and need an evaluation on a different version of the CWT, you will need to apply for the CWT Version Update service.

Important New Service & Exciting Changes
Where can I find information about post-professional DPT programs?

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.

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Why You Should Choose FCCPT

Evaluation Reports are accepted by ALL 53 U.S. jurisdictions.

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 are more likely to pass the NPTE.

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.

Documents are retained for an unlimited time.

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 Certified Documents. The majority of other credentialing agencies have a limit of 2-7 years after which documents are destroyed.

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