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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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News & Notices

Updates to Type 1 Certificate requirements, effective April 1, 2017.

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.

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Important Updates to Type 1 Certificate Requirements
Update to Requirements for Initial Licensure in Utah

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.

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Update Update to Requirements for Initial Licensure in Utah
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
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.

FAQ Where can I find information about post-professional DPT programs?
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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.

Applicants save money.

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.

Applicants save time.

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.

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

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