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Based on transcripts and syllabus provided through college by the candidate; crediting evaluation agency determines substantially equivalent to the first professional degree in physical therapy in the United States. Normally, most of the time, professional education of foreign graduated and trained physical therapist appears to be complete, in the case, if it is not complete they have to enter in the physical therapist program in order to finish remaining credits in order to appear for the licensing examination.


General credits of foreign trained and graduated physical therapist appear to be incomplete compare to first professional degree holder in physical therapist in the United States. Therefore the jurisdiction considers the candidate may wish complete college-level courses or CLEP examinations to meet the general education requirements.

So what are the general education requirements? Here, we are trying to give general idea about general education credits and professional credits. It is advisable to do your credit evaluation based on your education and degree through approved credit evaluation agency in the desired state where candidate wants to become licenses physical therapist.


General Education:

A. Humanities:

1. English
2. English Composition
3. Speech or Oral Communication
4. Foreign Language (other than Native Language)
5. Literature
6. Art
7. Music
8. Native


If no credits in English or English composition is appeared in the candidate's credit evaluation report, then the licensing jurisdiction should require the applicant to demonstrate the English proficiency.


B. Physical Sciences

1. Chemistry with Laboratory (Course 1)
2. Chemistry with Laboratory (Course 2)
3. Physics with Laboratory (Course 1)
4. Physics with Laboratory (Course 2)
5. Geology
6. Astronomy


C. Biological Sciences

1. Biology
2. Anatomy
3. Physiology
4. Zoology
5. Kinesiology
6. Neuroscience
7. Genetics
8. Microbiology


D. Social Sciences

1. History
2. Geography
3. Sociology
4. Economics
5. Religion
6. Political Science


E. Behavioral Sciences

1. Psychology
2. Anthropology
3. Philosophy
4. Ethics


F. Mathematics

1. Statistics
2. Algebra
3. Pre-Calculus
4. Trigonometry
5. Geometry
6. Computer Science


II Professional Education


A. Basic Health Science

 1. Human Anatomy (Specific to Physical Therapy)

2. Human Physiology (Specific to Physical Therapy)

3. Neuroscience (Neuroanatomy or Neurophysiology)

4. Kinesiology or Functional Anatomy

5. Pathology


B. Medical Science

 1. Neurology

2. Orthopedics

3. Pediatrics

4. Geriatrics

5. Cardiopulmonary

6. Pharmacology


C. Clinical Science: Examination and Evaluation - *

 1. Integumentary System

    a. Examination

    b. Evaluation

 2. Musculoskeletal System

    a. Examination

    b. Evaluation

 3. Neuromuscular System

    a. Examination

    b. Evaluation

 4. Cardiopulmonary System

    a. Examination

    b. Evaluation


* - Physical Therapy program must include, but it is not limited to 1a - 4b


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E. Clinical Education
Clinical education must include physical therapist-supervised application of physical therapy theory, examination, evaluation, and intervention.


F. Related Professional Course work:
1. Professional Behaviors
2. Administration
3. Community Health
4. Research and Clinical Decision Making
5. Educational Techniques
6. Medical Terminology
7. Communication (related to client/patient care)
8. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice
9. Psychosocial Aspects in Physical Therapy Practice


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (or CLEP) is a series of tests offered by the College board. Approximately 2,900 colleges and universities will grant college credits for each test. Most of the tests are 90 minutes long and currently cost $60 each, or free to military service members. Each test usually corresponds to a one or two semester introductory course on the topic.

CLEP exams are offered at testing centers on college and university campuses, as well as military installations. Most centers charge an administrative or registration fee per student or per test. Fees can vary from $5.00-$60.00.

CLEP tests are multiple-choice exams which are scored on a scale from 20 to 80. Credit Evalution agencies for physical therapy normally asks for credit grage equivalent to atleast "C".

2006 CLEP Examinations

Business Credits
Financial Accounting 6
Business Law, Introductory 3
Informantion Systems and Computer Applications 3
Management, Principles of 3
Marketing, Principles of 3
Composition and Literature Credits
American Literature 6
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 6
English Composition with or without Essay 6
English Literature 6
Freshman College Composition 6
Humanities 6
Foreign Languages Credits
French Language, Levels 1 and 2 6-18
German Language, Levels 1 and 2 6-18
Spanish Language, Levels 1 and 2 6-18
History and Social Sciences Credits
American Government 3
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 3
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 3
Psychology, Introductory 3
Social Sciences and History 6
Sociology, Introductory 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 3
Science and Mathematics Credits
Biology 6
Calculus 3
Chemistry 6
College Algebra 3
College Mathematics 6
Precalculus 3
Natural Sciences 6

Studying for the CLEP

  • Books
    • The creators of the CLEP tests, CollegeBoard releases an Official Study Guide with about 50 sample questions for each exam. The questions are quite similar in format and level to the actual exam questions, but they do not offer any explanations for the correct answers or study material.
    • The Research & Education Association publishes study guides with practice tests. Many of their titles include a CD-ROM with tests in the same format as the actual exams. Each book has a few chapters of material that will probably be covered during the exam and three practice tests with in-depth explanations.
    • College textbooks. The CollegeBoard suggests reading a common introductory textbook on the subject.
  • Web Sites
    • Spark Notes have study guides on many of the CLEP exam topics. They are aimed at students currently taking the courses.
    • CLEP Info lists study guides and allows users to rate and review them. They also have tips and information on the exams.
    • Free University provides free reference material that can be used to study for CLEP exams.
    • InstantCert provides reference material for almost all CLEP and Dantes exams.

CLEP Official Website 

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