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.
Effective Immediately: If no recipient is selected at time of application (“None at this time”), applicants can notify FCCPT of a recipient for the Included Report, at no additional cost, for up to 6 months following the service completion date.
If an applicant requests an Included Report AFTER 6 months from the service completion date, the applicant will have to apply for a Duplicate Report and pay the associated fee.
FCCPT has received multiple inquiries about how the new NPTE requirements, going into effect in 2018, will affect application for the Type 1 Review.
The TOEFL score requirements for the Type 1 Review are set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). FSBPT’s eligibility requirements for the NPTE do not change the TOEFL score requirements for Type 1 Review. FCCPT continues to be able to combine Speaking and Combined scores from separate examination dates.
For more information on FCCPT TOEFL Requirements, please visit the TOEFL Requirements section of our 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.
Evaluations are normally completed within eight (8) working weeks; FCCPT offers an Expedited Review service, where evaluations are completed within six (6) working weeks. 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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