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This information is collected through contacting licensing state board and students who has done their evluation. It is advisable to do the evaulation based on your study program and year through state approved licensing authorities. Credits in the table below considered for the students who had completed their bachelor study program in physical therapy before December 2002. 

We also request you to share your evaluation report with us in order to complete the below data. 

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State  General Professional
  Credits Semester)

Credits 

(Semester)

Alabama 62  62 
 Alaska    
 Arizona 54 69
 Arkansas 54 69
 California 42 69
 Colorado  54  69
 Connecticut 50 60
 Delaware 54 69
 Florida 60 75
 Georgia  60  69
 Hawaii    
 Idaho     
 Illinois  50-54 69 
 Indiana 54 69
 Iowa 60 60
 Kansas    
 Kentucky  54 69
 Louisiana  42 69
 Maine    
 Maryland 60 60
 Massachusetts    
 Michigan 0 0
 Minnesota 60 NA
 Mississippi  54  69
 Missouri    
 Montana    
 Nebraska 58 73
 Nevada    
 New Hampshire    
 New Jersey 50  60 
 New Mexico 42 69
 New York 0 0
 North Carolina 42 60
 North Dakota    
 Ohio 60 60
 Oklahoma   50 60 
 Oregon 54 69
 Pennsylvania 42 69
  Rhode Island    
 South Carolina 42 69
 South Dakota    
 Tennessee 42 69
 Texas 60 72
 Utah    
 Vermont    
 Virginia    
 Washington    
 West Virginia    
 Wisconsin    
 Wyoming     
 

1. Alabama:

Foreign Trained Physical Therapist:

 (1) United States Educated Applicants        Each applicant for licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant must have completed a program of physical therapy education appropriate for preparation as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, respectively, which is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

(2) Non-United States Educated Applicants      Foreign educated physical therapist applicants must submit their education credentials to:

            International Credentialing Associates, Inc.
            7245 Bryan Dairy Road
            Bryan Dairy Business Park II
            Largo, Florida 33777

A copy of the evaluation by the credentials evaluating agency must be sent directly to the board.  The board shall make the sole judgment in determining whether educational credentials are equivalent and acceptable.  An English translated copy of the transcript must be sent directly to the board from the university.

A foreign educated applicant must have made acceptable scores on TOEFL (220); TSE (50); and TWE (4.5).  A minimum of 124 semester hours of specific education if completed before 2003 and 155 semester hours if completed from 2003 to the present is required.  Applicant must be licensed in the country in which physical therapy education was completed.  The Board shall make the sole judgment in determining equivalency and acceptability of education. 

Specific Education Requirements:

1. General Education Requirements. Applicants must demonstrate that they have earned
the equivalent of a minimum of 62 semester hours in general education, including the
following:

(i) Humanities -- a minimum of 10 semester hours which must include the equivalent of
spoken and written English and may include art, music, drama, speech, languages, etc.

(ii) Social Sciences -- a minimum of 8 semester hours which must include psychology and
may include history, sociology, government, etc.

(iii) Natural Sciences -- a minimum of 12 semester hours which must include physics and
chemistry and may include mathematics, geology, etc.

(iv) Biological Sciences -- a minimum of 12 semester hours which must include human
anatomy and physiology and may include biology, zoology, etc.

(v) Limited Electives -- a minimum of 10 semester hours in social sciences, natural
sciences and biological sciences in addition to those minimum required above.

(vi) General Electives -- a minimum of 10 semester hours which may include any
subjects selected outside the major area of study.

2. Professional Education Requirements. Applicants must demostrate that they
have earned the equivalent of a minimum of 62 semester hours in physical therapy
education
, if completing their education before 2003 and 93 semester hours if
completing their education from 2003 to the present. This education shall include
the following:

(i) Basic Health Sciences -- a minimum of 22 semester hours if completeing their
education before 2003, and 28 semester hours if completing their education
from 2003 to the present. These Basic Health Sciences must include human anatomy
and physiology; should include functional anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, neurology,
abnormal psychology; and may include embryology, histology, pharmacology, etc.

(ii) Clinical Sciences -- a minimum of 26 semester hours if completing their education
before 2003, and 45 semester hours if completing their education from 2003 to the present.
These clinical sciences must include physical therapy theory, techniques, and interventions;
should include clinical medicine, development; and may include community health, research,
administration, etc.

(iii) Clinical Education -- a minimum of 14 semester hours if completing their education before 2003
, and 20 semester hours if completing their education from 2003 to the present time. This
Clinical Education must include supervised clinical application of physical therapy theory, procedures, etc.

(iv) Proof of licensure in country in which physical therapy education was completed.

2. Florida:

Foreign-Educated Physical Therapist Requirements to sit for Licensure Exams:

  • Has received an evaluation report by a Board-approved credentialing agency that his/her education is equivalent to education required for licensure as a physical therapist in the United States. Minimum requirements are 75 professional education credits, and 60 general education credits.

  • Proof of English proficiency. This requirement can be met in one of 3 ways:

    1. Successful completion of Board approved English proficiency examinations. Exams include the TOEFL, TSE, and TWE.
    2. Letter from applicant’s school stating English was their method of instruction.
    3. Sworn notarized statement from applicant stating English was their language of instruction.
  • Must have a social security number before issuance of licensure.

3. North Carolina:

Foreign Trained Physical Therapist:
For candidates graduating prior to December 31, 2002, a minimum of 120 semester hours of college education at the freshman through senior level is required, which includes a minimum of 60 semester hours of professional curriculum, including basic health sciences, clinical sciences and clinical education, and a minimum of 42 semester hours of general education. Up to 21hours may be substituted for actual course work by obtaining a passing score on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations.

For candidates graduating after December 31, 2002, the applicant's educational background must be substantially equivalent to a Post-Baccalaureate degree from a CAPTE approved physical therapy educational program. In order for a foreign-trained applicant's educational background to be determined substantially equivalent to a post-baccalaureate degree from aCAPTE approved program, the general and professional education must satisfy the requirements for the first professional degree as determined by the course work evaluation tool utilized by the FCCPT (Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, Inc.), or its successor organization. Up to one-half (1/2) of the general education credit hours may be substituted for actual course work by obtaining a passing score on CLEP examinations.

An Internationally educated / foreign-trained physical therapist who plans to practice in North Carolina must have a current North Carolina License prior to beginning employment in the State North Carolina.

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4. Oregon:

Foreign Trained Physical Therapist:
(a) A Credentials Evaluation Statement of professional training prepared by a Board-approved credentials evaluation agency. It is the applicant's responsibility to pay the expenses associated with the credentials evaluation. The minimum number of semester hour credits required is 120. The evaluation must include:

(A) General Education: A minimum of 54 semester credit hours shall be required in general education in the areas of humanities, physical science, biological science, social science, behavioral science, and mathematics. A minimum of a one-semester course must be successfully completed in each area of general education unless otherwise noted, or approved by the Board:
(i) Humanities - (English, English Composition, Speech or Oral Communication, Foreign Language (other than native language), Literature, Art, Music);
(ii) Physical Science - Chemistry with laboratory (two semester courses required), Physics with laboratory (two semester courses required);
(iii) Biological Science - (Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Genetics);
(iv) Social Science - (History, Geography, Sociology, Economics, Political Science);
(v) Behavioral Science (Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Ethics);
(vi) Mathematics (Statistics, Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry and Geometry).

(B) Professional Education:
(i) A minimum of 69 semester credit hours encompassing Human Anatomy (specific to physical therapy), Human Physiology (specific to physical therapy), Neuroscience, Kinesiology or Functional Anatomy, Pathology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Cardiopulmonary, Pharmacology, Integumentary System Assessment and Interventions, Musculoskeletal System Assessment and Interventions, Neuromuscular System Assessment and Interventions, Cardiopulmonary System Assessment and Interventions. Additionally, course content is required in the following seven areas: Administration, Community Health, Research and Clinical Decision Making, Educational Techniques, Communication (related to client/patient care), Legal and Ethical Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice and Psychosocial Aspects in Physical Therapy Practice.
(ii) A minimum of two clinical affiliations of no less than 800 hours total, which may include hours obtained by completion of a Board approved clinical internship.

(b) English Language Proficiency
(A) Verification that English is the native language of the country of origin, and the physical therapy program employs English as the language of training; or
(B) Verification that the applicant has achieved a score of not less than 560 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of not less than 220 on the computer Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of not less than 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and a score of not less than 4.5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or
(C) Verification that the applicant has achieved the following minimum scores for each category of the new Internet based TOEFL (ibTOEFL) examination: writing, 24; speaking, 26; reading, 18; listening, 21; with an overall score of not less than 89.
(c) If applicant has taken a Board-approved national licensing examination prior to application for licensure in Oregon, a report of applicant's examination scores must be submitted to the Board directly from the Board-approved examination service.
(d) If applicant holds or has held a license in the country in which the applicant received their physical therapy education, the applicant must provide primary source verification of the license.
(e) The requirements and criteria considered for credentialing will be as of the date the most recent credentialing report was received by the Board from the Board-approved credentialing agency.

5. Pennsylvania:

Foreign-educated physical therapists: applying to take the licensure examination and pursue a clinical experience.

 To be eligible to take the examination for licensure, foreign-educated applicants for licensure shall comply with the following conditions:

   (1)  The applicant shall submit evidence, satisfactory to the Board, indicating that the applicant has met the requirements stated in §  40.12(a)(1)—(3) (relating to application for licensure).

   (2)  The applicant shall provide written documentation that the school of physical therapy is recognized by the authorizing agency or entity of the jurisdiction in which the school is situated.

   (3)  The applicant shall provide written documentation of authorization to practice as a physical therapist without limitations in the country where the professional education took place.

   (4)  The applicant shall provide documentation of legal authorization to seek employment in the United States or its territories.

   (5)  The applicant shall meet educational requirements by securing a credentials evaluation from a recognized and accredited evaluation agency approved by the Board. The credentials evaluation must demonstrate that the applicant has met the requirement of at least 120 semester credit hours of which at least 42 credit hours must be in general education subjects and 69 credit hours must be in professional education subjects. If an applicant has deficiencies in general education or professional education, the applicant can correct the deficiencies as follows:

     (i)   General education. A minimum of one semester course must be successfully completed in each of the following areas of general education unless otherwise noted:

       (A)   Humanities.

       (B)   Physical science (two courses each in chemistry and physics including laboratory sessions).

       (C)   Biological science.

       (D)   Social science.

       (E)   Behavioral science.

       (F)   Mathematics.

     (ii)   Professional education. The applicant shall complete 69 credit hours of professional education the content of which includes:

       (A)   Basic health science including:

         (I)   Human anatomy (specific to physical therapy).

         (II)   Human physiology (specific to physical therapy).

         (III)   Neuroscience.

         (IV)   Kinesiology or functional anatomy.

         (V)   Pathology.

       (B)   Medical and clinical science coursework including the following:

         (I)   Clinical medicine pertinent to physical therapy including:

           (-a-)   Neurology.

           (-b-)   Orthopedics.

           (-c-)   Pediatrics.

           (-d-)   Geriatrics.

           (-e-)   Cardiopulmonary.

           (-f-)   Pharmacology.

         (II)   Physical therapist coursework must include:

           (-a-)   Examination, evaluation and intervention pertaining to the integumentary system.

           (-b-)   Examination, evaluation and intervention pertaining to the musculoskeletal system.

           (-c-)   Examination, evaluation and intervention pertaining to the neuromuscular system.

           (-d-)   Examination, evaluation and intervention pertaining to the cardiopulmonary system.

     (iii)   Clinical education. Clinical education must include physical therapist-supervised application of physical therapy theory, examination, evaluation and intervention. The applicant shall have a minimum of two full-time clinical internships of at least 800 hours total, which are supervised by a physical therapist. The maximum number of full-time clinical education credits is 23.

     (iv)   Related professional coursework. Content is required in the following nine areas:

       (A)   Professional behaviors.

       (B)   Administration.

       (C)   Community health.

       (D)   Research and clinical decision making.

       (E)   Educational techniques.

       (F)   Medical terminology.

       (G)   Communication (related to client/patient care).

       (H)   Legal and ethical aspects of physical therapy practice.

       (I)   Psychosocial aspects in physical therapy practice.

   (6)  General educational deficiencies. The applicant may correct general educational deficiencies in the areas specified in paragraph (5)(i) by either:

       (A)   Pursuing studies in an accredited college or university. Upon completion of studies, the applicant shall submit an official transcript to the Board.

       (B)   Attaining college credit through successful completion of the following examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). No more than 30 credits may be obtained through CLEP.

         (I)   The CLEP General Examination may be used to satisfy the requirements in paragraph (5)(i) for credit hours if passing scores are received in the following subjects:

General Examination College Level Credit
English Composition with Essay 6
Mathematics 3
Humanities 6
Natural Sciences
 Biological Sciences (sub score) 3
 Physical Sciences (sub score) 3
Social Sciences 6

         (II)   The CLEP Subject Examination may be used to satisfy the requirements in paragraph (5) for credit hours if passing scores are received in the following subjects:

Subject Examination College Level Credit
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature 3
College Algebra 3
English Literature 3
Foreign Language
 French—Levels I and II 6
 German—Levels I and II 6
 Spanish—Levels I and II 6
Freshman English 3
English Composition 4
General Biology 3
General Chemistry 3
General Psychology 2
Human Growth & Development 2
Introduction to Management 2
Introduction to Sociology 2
Statistics 2
Trigonometry 2
Western Civilization 3

         (III)   The applicant is responsible for directing that CLEP report his examination scores to the Board.

   (7)  Clinical experience. The applicant shall complete, at the Board’s discretion, up to 1 year of supervised clinical experience in the United States, as approved by the Board.

6. Nebraska:

Foreign educated / trained physical therapist: An applicant for a license to practice physical therapy on the basis of training as a physical therapist in a foreign country must:

1. Have completed course of professional instruction substantially equivalent to an approved program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association or by an equivalent accrediting agency as determined by the board. A substantially equivalent course of professional instruction (curriculum) consisting of the following:

a. At least 58 semester credit hours of general education in the following areas:

 (1) A minimum of six semester credits in the area of humanities with at least three hours in English;
 (2) A minimum of nine semester hours in the area of social sciences with at least six semester hours in        psychology;
 (3) A minimum of fifteen semester hours in natural sciences with at least three semester hours in        mathematics, six semester hours in physics and six semester hours in chemistry;
 (4) A minimum of 16 semester hours in the area of biological sciences with at least six hours in anatomy       and physiology and at least ten hours in any or all the following areas: biology; zoology; genetics, and       microbiology; and
 (5) The remainder of the hours made up of electives.

b. At least 73 hours of professional education in the following areas:

 (1) A minimum of 28 semester hours in the area of basic health sciences which must include courses in       human gross anatomy, functional anatomy, and physiology;
 (2) A minimum of four semester hours in classroom course of clinical medicine;
 (3) A minimum of 17 semester hours in the area of physical therapy theory and techniques which may       include course in therapeutic exercise, physical therapy procedures, techniques and theory;
 (4) A minimum of 13 hours in the area of clinical education; and
 (5) The remainder of the semester hours made up of electives.

c. Each applicant must have obtained a grade of "C" or better in each course with "C" being equivalent to at least 70% or better.

2. Have proficiency in the English language;

7. Tennessee:

Educational equivalency for foreign trained physical therapist:

The Tennessee Committee of Physical Therapy adopts the following guidelines as measures of equivalency for foreign trained Physical Therapists.

1. Proof of proficiency in the English language by passing TOEFL, TWE, and TSE

2. Verification of the equivalency of the applicant's education to the following standards by one of the Committee's approved credentialing agencies.

3. The minimum education requirements for licensure as a physical therapist shall be 120 semester hours as follows:

General Educational Requirements:
A minimum of 42 semester hours with a grade of 'C" or its equivalent or above.
Credits are required in each of the following:

  • Humanities - One course minimum
    Physical Sciences - Two courses in Physics and two courses in Chemistry required
    Biological Sciences - One semester course in biology
    Social Sciences - One course minimum
    Behavioral Sciences - One semester course in psychology
    Mathematics - One course minimum

Professional Education Requirements:
A minimum of 69 semester hours with a grade of "C" or its equivalent or above.

Credits are required in each of the following:

Basic Sciences - must include one course each:

  • Human Anatomy - Specific to physical therapy
    Human Physiology - Specific to physical therapy
    Neurological Sciences
    Kinesiology/Functional Anatomy
    Abnormal or developmental psychology
    Pathology

Clinical Sciences - must include one course each, but not limited to:

  • Neurology
    Orthopedics
    Pediatrics
    Geriatrics
    Integumentary Assessment and Treatment
    Musculosketel Assessment and Treatment
    Neuromuscular Assessment and Treatment
    Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Treatment

Clinical Education - two affiliations, total 800 hours minimum

Related Professional Courses - three courses minimum

  • Professional Ethics
    Administration
    Community Health
    Research
    Educational Techniques
    Medical Terminology
    Communication (related to patient care)

CLEP semester hours or credits shall be accepted for general education hours only.

8. New Mexico:

The Foreign-educated applicant must have graduated from a physical therapist education program that prepares the applicant to practice without restriction in the United States. This includes coursework in those elements of practice that are necessary for autonomous practice such as determining a patient's diagnosis for physical therapy and managing a patient's care within health care systems found in the United States. The coursework content should be substantially equivalent to coursework completed by graduates of accredited programs in the United States. Substantial equivalency in coursework content as well as required semester credits is determined by a board-sanctioned credentials review. The minimum number of Semester hour credits required for a foreign-educated applicant is 120. Of this 120 semester hour credits, the applicant must submit evidence of no less than forty-two (42) semester hour credits in college-level general education and no less that sixty-nine (69) semester hour credits in professional education using the course work evaluation tool, fourth edition, as approved by the board.

9. New York:

Requirements for a professional license.

To qualify for a license as a physical therapist, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:

Application: file an application with the department;
Education: have received an education, including completion of a four year college program in physical therapy, in accordance with the commissioner`s regulations, provided that such requirements shall include a bachelor`s, higher degree or equivalent in physical therapy;
Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board in accordance with the commissioner`s regulations;
Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner`s regulations;
Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
Fees: pay a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars to the department for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial license; a fee of eighty-five dollars for each reexamination; a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring admission to a department conducted examination; and a fee of one hundred fifty-five dollars for each triennial registration period.

10. California:

Semester credits shall be the minimum number required in general education in the following areas: Humanities - Physical Science - Biologial Science - Social Science - Behavioral Science - Mathematics with a minimum of 3 semester units to satisfy each area of general education unless otherwise noted:

I Humanities: Three (3) semester units minimum
English, English Composition, Speech or Oral communication, Foreign Language (oter than native language), Literature, Art, Music.....

II Physical Science: One course in Chemistry with laboratory and one course in Physics with laboratory are required.
Chemistry (organic or inorganic) with laboratory *, Physics with Laboratory *, Geology, Astronomy....
* Required

III Biological Science: Three (3) semester units minimum
Human Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Genetics......

IV Social Science: Three (3) semester units minimum
History, Geography, Sociology, Government, Religion, Political science, Economics, Philosophy

V Behavioral Science: Three (3) semester units minimum
Psychology, Anthropology, Ethics.....

VI. Mathematics: Three (3) Semester units minimum
Statistics, Algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, Computer Science...

Professional Education Credits Requirements:
I. Basic Health Science: Shall include content areas A. - E.
A. Human Anatomy (Specific to Physical Therapy)
B. Human Physiology (Specific to Physical Therapy)
C. Neuroscience (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology)
D. Kinesiology OR Functional Anatomy
E. Pathology

II. Medical Science: Clinical medicine pertinent to physical therapy. Shall include content areas A. - E.
A. Neurology
B. Orthopedics
C. Pediatrics
D. Geriatrics
E. Cardiopulmonary
F. Medicine and Surgery
G. Pharmacology
H. Radiology

III. Clinical Science: Physical Therapy course work. Shall include content areas A. - D.
A. Cardiopulmonary Examination/Evaluation:
B. Integumentary Examination/Evaluation:
C. Musculoskeletal Examination/Evaluation:
D. Neuromuscular Examination/Evaluation:

Total General Education Credits: 60 Minimum
Total Professional Education Credits: 80 Minimum
Total Credits required: 140 Minimum
(For graduates, graduated 2003- onwards)

Total General Education Credits: 42 Minimum
Total Professional Education Credits: 69 Minimum
Total Credits required: 120 Minimum
(For graduates, graduated 1998- 2002)

11. Connecticut:

Foreign-trained individuals may qualify for licensure provided the applicant successfully completed  a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy with all credits being awarded by an institution of higher learning that confers at least a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy which is approved by the country’s Ministry of Education/Health.  The physical therapy program must provide the equivalent of at least 120 semester hours of college level instruction, including not less than 60 semester hours of physical therapy education and not less than 50 semester hours of general education.  The applicant has the opportunity to meet the objective of 120 semester hour credits by utilizing additional elective credits in either professional or general education beyond the minimal requirements.

12. Louisiana:

Foreign eduacated applicant has successfully completed his education in physical therapy that is substantially equivalent to the requirements of physical therapists educated in accredited physical therapy programs in the United States as the board, upon evaluation of the applicants educational program by an approved credentials evaluation service, deems sufficient, however, such substantially equivalent education shall be no less than a total of 120 semester hour credits which includes a minimum of 69 semester hour credits for professional education and a minimum of 42 semester hours of general education as established in a course work evaluation total approved by the board;

Foreign eduacated applicant has completed at least 6 months (with a minimum of 1,000 patient care hours) of postgraduate clinical practice in Louisiana under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist authorized by the board. In order for a period of supervised clinical practice to count toward the 1,000 hours, the permittee must comply with the following:

a. supervised clinical practice must be with an approved supervisor and valid permit;

b. supervised clinical practice must be for at least 3 months in any one facility; and

c. supervised clinical practice must be documented by having the supervisor complete, in its entirety, the clinical evaluation form developed and distributed by the Board.

Foreign eduacated applicant have achieved passing scores on standardized English proficiency examinations as approved by the Board if English is not the applicant's native language;

13. Iowa:

The applicant must present proof of meeting the following requirement for licensure as a physical therapist:
a. Educational Requirements: Physical Therapists
Physical therapists shall graduate from a physical therapy program accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the board.
(1) If the degree is granted on or before January 31, 2004, the degree must be equivalent to at least a baccalaureate degree. The baccalaureate program shall consist of minimum of 60 hours of general education and 60 hours of professional education.
(2) If the degree is granted on or after February 1, 2004, the degree must be equivalent to a postbaccalaureate degree.

14. South Carolina:

Applicants who are not graduates of a Board approved program must submit:

  • An original evaluation of educational credentials done specifically for South Carolina. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours of college education is required in the following areas: General Education - minimum of 42 semester hours; Professional Education - minimum of 69 semester credit hours.

15. Texas:

Foreign Trained Physical Therapist:

The applicant must have completed, with a passing grade of A, B, C, Pass or Credit, 60 Semester hours credit or the equivalent in general education coursesfrom an accredited instiution of higher learning. This requirement may be met by credits earned at U.S. Colleges or universities, by college level examination program (CLEP) credits, or Advanced Placement (AP) according to standards of the American Council on education. The number of credits earned by CLEP or AP may not exceed 12 semester credits.

All foreign-trained applicants must demonstrate the ability to communicate in English by making the minimum score accepted by the board on the TOEFL tests.
Intenet-based (ibt): Writing 24; Speaking 26; Reading Comprehension 21; Listening Comprehension 18

The applicant has successfully completed an educational program substantially equivalent to U.S. programs accredited by the commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and has earned the equivalent of a minimum 72 semester hours of professional physical therapy eduaction. The program must be post-secondary, requiring for entry the equivalent of high school graduation in the United States; must consist of at least three years of classroom instruction; and must result in the award of the first academic diploma or degree leading to professional practice in physical therapy.
The applicant must have successfully completed at least 15 semester credits hours in clinical education (upper division level) but will receive credit for no more than 23 semester hours.

16. Maryland:

The applicant has successfully completed his education in physical therapy that is substantially equivalent to the requirements of physical therapists educated in  accredited physical therapy programs in the united states as the board, upon evaluation of the applicants educational program by an approved credentials evaluation service, deems sufficient, however, such substantially equivalent education shall be no less than a total of 120 semester hour credits which includes a minimum of 60 semester hour credits for professional education and a minimum of 60 semester hours of general education as established in a course work evaluation total approved by that board.

 

17.New Jersey:

 

The foreign applicant would be required to complete a minimum of 50 semester hour credits in general education and a minimum of 60 semester hour credits in professional education. The general education requirements are amended to include one semester course in physics and one semester course in chemistry. The professional education component is expanded to include basic health sciences, clinical sciences, clinical education and related professional courses. The new amendments also add requirements for applicants who complete their education after January 1, 2002. Applicants must provide evidence of graduation from a physical therapy program that is substantially equivalent to a physical therapy program approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The new amendments also specify educational requirements the foreign educated applicants must attain including a bachelor's degree and 120 semester hour credits and the what the transcript must show.

 

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