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     1. 2015 Test Dates
     2. Important Contacts Pre-licensure
     3. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
     4. Retrogression and the Schedule A Profession
     5. Deficiency Makeup Program
     6. Credentialing Problems
     7. READ THIS FIRST!!!
     8. TOEFL, Best Reviewers
     9. Alternate Identification Number, a Substitute for a U.S. Social Security Number?
     10. FCCPT’s Deficiency Make-Up P.L.A.N.
     11. Information to Improve Your Career or Job Hunt
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  2015 TEST DATES By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 12 Jul 2010
  IMPORTANT CONTACTS PRE-LICENSURE By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 26 Jan 2008



Processing Time


H1b Visa for PT

15-180 days

$320.00 - $2320.00

H1b Transfer or Renewal

15-180 days

$320.00 - $1870.00

Green Card (I-140) for PT

4-8 months


Adjustment of Status (I-485)

1-2 years


For more information, click on this link to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Proficiency Exams


Processing Time



Depends on either PBT/CBT/iBT



Included in TOEFL exam

$50.00 for rescore


5-6 weeks


For more information, click on this link to Educational Testing Service.

Credentialing Agencies


Processing Time


International Credentialing Associates
7245 Bryan Dairy Road
Bryan Dairy Business Park II
Largo, FL 33777
Phone: (727)549-8555
Fax: (727)549-8554

12 weeks


International Consultants of Delaware, Inc P.O. Box 8629
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
TEL: (215) 222-8454 ext. 510
FAX: (215) 349-0026
Web site:
E-mail: [email protected]

14 days


Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee WI 53203-3470 USA
414-289-3400 |
[email protected]


1, 5, or 12 business days (depending on the type of service you choose)


Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1917
Telephone: 703-684-8406
Fax: 703-684-8715

16 weeks


International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
Post Office Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: 310.258.9451
Fax: 310.342.7086

At least 60 days


  COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP) By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 02 Apr 2008

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for Physical Therapists with Deficiencies in General Education Courses

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 34 examinations. Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.

The cost of a CLEP exam is $65, a fraction of the tuition and fees for the corresponding course. Most colleges and universities grant credit for CLEP exams, but not all. There are 2,900 institutions that grant credit for CLEP and each of them sets its own CLEP policy; in other words, each institution determines for which exams credit is awarded, the scores required and how much credit will be granted. Therefore, before you take a CLEP exam, check directly with the college or university you plan to attend to make sure that grants credit for CLEP and review the specifics of its policy.

Not all colleges award the same amount of CLEP credit for individual tests. Furthermore, some colleges place a limit on the total amount of credit you can earn through CLEP or other exams. Other colleges may grant you exemption but no credit toward your degree. Knowing several colleges' policies concerning these issues may help you decide which college to attend. If you think you can pass a number of CLEP exams, you may want to attend a college that will allow you to earn credit for all or most of them.

The College-Level Examination Program has a policy that candidates may not repeat a CLEP exam of the same title within six months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than six months will be canceled and test fees forfeited.

Colleges usually award CLEP credit only to their enrolled students. There are other stipulations, however, that vary from college to college. CLEP exams are administered at approximately 1,300 test centers located on college campuses across the United States and around the world. Find one near you using the CLEP Test Centers search. Then, contact the test center directly to find out its registration procedure. Be sure to ask about its service fee and testing schedule, and parking/transportation information.

Editor’s note:

CLEP is useful when you are already here in the United States since most of the courses here cost a lot more than $65. However, if you are still in your country, a good option will be to study at your local accredited college to make up for these deficiencies.

CLEP testing centers are located all over the world. Visit their website for more details at www.collegeboard.com



College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600

Phone: (800) 257-9558
Fax: (609) 771-7088
Email: [email protected]

PTSponsor.com does not warrant the accuracy or validity of the information and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions in the site. PTSponsor.com also is not responsible for any material or information contained in the linked sites provided. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or the formation of any relationship.
  RETROGRESSION AND THE SCHEDULE A PROFESSION By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 09 Apr 2008

Retrogression and the Schedule A Profession

On November 1, 2006, the Department of State enacted retrogression for Schedule A nurses and physical therapists. Retrogression refers to the resulting delay in obtaining an immigrant visa when there are more people applying for immigrant visas in a given year than the total number of visas available. The applicant cannot file an Application to Adjust Status (Form I-485) or obtain an immigrant visa by attending an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Consulate abroad. Applicants must wait in line until the immigrant visa becomes available.

For Schedule A petitions, the priority date is the date the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (form I-140) was received by the USCIS. Each month, the U.S. Department of State issues a “Visa Bulletin” which announces the priority dates eligible for immigrant visas in each category. This information can be found at the U.S. Department of State website http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4177.html

Immigrant visa petitions for Schedule A occupations generally fall within the “EB-3” category. This category has been “retrogressed” since 2005. An applicant in this category must have a priority date of April 22, 2001 to July 1, 2005 depending upon their country of birth. However, legislation passed in 2005 allocated an additional 50,000 immigrant visas specifically for Schedule A petitions and created a new EB-3 subcategory, “EX” for these visas. Unfortunately, this special allocation of 50,000 immigrant visas is exhausted. The priority date for the EX category is October 1, 2005. Therefore, as of November 1, 2005, an applicant for an immigrant visa based upon a Schedule A petition would have needed to have filed the I-140 petition on or before October 1, 2005 to be immediately eligible for an immigrant visa.

U.S. Consulates will not assign interview dates and will not be able to issue immigrant visas to Nurses and Physical Therapists until retrogression for Schedule A category (“EX”) is resolved. As of November 1, 2005, the ability to “concurrently file” the I-140 and I-485 will be temporarily unavailable. An I-140 petition can still be filed, but the Application to Adjust Status (Form I-485) which provides authorization to remaining the United States and eligibility for employment authorization cannot be filed.



United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. www.uscis.gov

“Before contacting the USCIS, USCIS may be able to help you if you have a question about immigration procedures, or need clarification, by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833). This toll-free call center has additional information and, during their specified office hours, can connect you to live assistance in English and Spanish. The NCSC will be able to answer most questions - although they cannot provide information about the status of your case over the telephone.”

PTSponsor.com does not warrant the accuracy or validity of the information and hereby disclaims any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions in the site. PTSponsor.com also is not responsible for any material or information contained in the linked sites provided. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice or the formation of any relationship.

  DEFICIENCY MAKEUP PROGRAM By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 30 Mar 2008

Deficiency Make-Up Program

DMP stands for Deficiency Make-up Program, a special program designed exclusively for HCMI Physical Therapist candidates who eventually want to practice Physical Therapy in the US.

This program is usually applicable to physical therapists trained in India who lack general education credits and are deemed equivalent with professional education credits.

The DMP was inaugurated in April, 2006 and they are currently pursuing their third batch of students at the Bishop Heber College in Southern India. The DMP as an intensive six-month long program is divided into two or three terms. All the terms will entail rigorous instruction in the General Education courses mentioned above. On the other hand, DMP candidates will receive a 7-10 day holiday period during the six -month long DMP program. They currently charge three thousand dollars ($3,000) for the six month program.

DMP guarantees that your education will be equivalent to that of a US Physical Therapist; your eligibility to pass a credential evaluation in over 30 states; your application will be done in the fastest and cheapest way possible.

Editor’s Note:

This is actually not the fastest the cheapest way possible. You can take the courses you are deficient on any accredited local college. Also, depending on the state boards, you can take CLEP. CLEP exams just cost $65 dollars. There are more than 1000 testing centers worldwide. For more information, see our article about CLEP.



DMP. Taken from http://www.hcmieducation.org.

  CREDENTIALING PROBLEMS By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 19 Apr 2008

If you have deficiencies in your credits, here are the following things you can do:

  1. Talk to the credentialing agency. Ask them what you can do so that you can be at par with the U.S. standard. Usually, credentialing agencies have suggestions such as taking a continuing education course, taking an online course, going back to college (we hope you will not resort to this) and so forth…
  2. Contact your school to provide evidence that this deficiency was already taken. There are two types of deficiencies: a.) You do not have enough credit units. b.) You did not have supporting documents to prove that you indeed took the course.  Your school can help you in both situations.

For example, your credentialing report states that you only have 67 professional units and you lack geriatric rehabilitation.

The state you are applying for requires 69 professional units. As you were reading your report, you noticed that they did not credit you for undergraduate thesis, a 3-credit course. You can ask your school to provide them a letter that your undergraduate thesis is equivalent to a U.S. course called Research Methods. Assuming a multiplying factor of 1 foreign credit is to 0.75 U.S. credit, you will gain 2.25 credits on your credentialing report. This will raise your units into 69.25.

How about the deficient course? As with the example above, the credentialing agency did not credit you for geriatric rehabilitation. You know very well that you took this course in one of your subjects but with a different name. Maybe, you took it on Medical-Surgical Lectures? Medical Rehabilitation Lectures? Theory and Technique? It is up to you. You try to think clearly which subject you took geriatric rehabilitation and ask you school to provide evidence that this subject is indeed taken on a particular course with a different name.

  1. Contact your state board. You have contacted your school and you still have a few subjects deficient… You contacted the credentialing agency and they said that they have reviewed the additional documentation you have provided, however, it is still not at par with the U.S. standard. The next step is to contact the state board.

For example, the credentialing report states that you lack wound debridement (integumentary rehabilitation) and pharmacology. You are sure that you did not take this course on your undergraduate degree. Ask them if you can take a continuing education course, or an online course. Some state boards will allow you to take a continuing education course. This is very helpful when you are in the U.S. There are a lot of wound debridement courses around (because of the certification to become a certified wound specialist). Also, there is a lot of online continuing education available. For example, A.T. Still University caters to students applying for a physical therapy license who lack some credits. The courses taken in A.T. Still University are purely online.  You can easily take a pharmacology course with them and finish it in 6 weeks.

Remember! Before you take any course, be sure to check with the state board first. They will ultimately decide if they will accept an online course or not. There are times that credentialing agencies won’t accept a course but the state board will. Follow the state board, they have the authority to grant you the physical therapy license.

  READ THIS FIRST!!! By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 31 May 2008

Thinking About Working in the United States as a Physical Therapist???

Editors of www.PTSponsor.com

Best States: http://ptsponsor.com/best_state.php

In order to work in the U.S. as a physical therapist (PT), you need to undergo a series of steps. First, you have to choose which state you would like to practice. Each state has their own minimum credit requirements, English proficiency requirements, credentialing agencies they use or if they grant a limited permit or not. This is very crucial in getting a license. Your education might be deemed equivalent in one state but might be deficient in another state. PTSponsor.com compares all 50 states based on their license requirements, cost of living and average salary. We have listed each state’s contact information, credentialing agencies accepted, English proficiency or internship requirements and much more.

NPTE: http://ptsponsor.com/npte.php

After you have applied for licensure in the state of your choice, you need to review for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). This is a multiple choice exam administered only in the United States by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). PTSponsor.com lists down all the important reviewers you will ever need to pass the NPTE. We update this section periodically based on our surveys from recent exam takers. We have also detailed how to apply for the NPTE and what to expect while taking the exam.

Visa Options: http://ptsponsor.com/immigration.php

As mentioned earlier, you have to take the NPTE in the United States. You need to apply for a tourist visa at your nearest embassy. You have to go back to your country of origin after you have taken the exam. This is because green card visa numbers are not current for physical therapists. PTSponsor.com updates the announcements page monthly to provide you with the current visa bulletin as released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In order to work as a physical therapist in the U.S., you have 2 options—H1-B or green card. You can apply for both. H1-B is the fastest way. You need to find a sponsor who will file your petition with the USCIS by April 1. Once your application is approved, you can start working October of that year. We have detailed descriptions, work requirements and H1-B quota restrictions on our website.

You can also be sponsored for green card. This involved filing I-140 (employer sponsorship) and I-485 (adjustment of status). Concurrent filing is not possible at this moment because the visa numbers are not current. The green card process takes about 2-4 years. We have a side by side comparison of H1-B and green card on our website. 

Agencies and Immigration Lawyer Reviews: http://ptsponsor.com/all_agencies.php and http://ptsponsor.com/all_lawyers.php

Horror stories of agencies letting you work way below the prevailing wage or greedy lawyers who charged desperate foreign physical therapists have been told. It is no wonder that most foreign physical therapists are very cautious in migrating into the United States. We have reviewed agencies and have rated them on our website. This way you can make an informed decision. We prefer direct hire over agencies. This is because agencies get a cut from your salary. You get 100% of your salary if you work directly for hospitals and clinics. This is why we have a job listing on our website. You can find hospitals and clinics who are willing to sponsor foreign physical therapists directly.

Much, much more…

We have so much more to offer in our website. We have articles section where we discuss credential deficiencies, retrogression… http://ptsponsor.com/articles.php We have a forum where you can talk with fellow PTs and answer each other’s question. http://ptsponsor.com/forum.php We have an expense tracker where you can tell us the state of your choice and we can give you a rough estimate of how much your expenses might be http://ptsponsor.com/expense_adv.php …..

And much, much more!!!!

One site has it all, visit us now at www.PTSponsor.com!

  TOEFL, BEST REVIEWERS By: Editors of PTsponsor.com Date Posted 14 Jun 2008

If you are planning to work in the U.S., chances are, you need to take TOEFL. TOEFL is “test of English as Foreign Language”. TOEFL is required in most states in order to get a physical therapy license. Click on this link to check if the state of your choice requires TOEFL. http://ptsponsor.com/best_state.php TOEFL is also required to get the visa screen (for green card purposes).

The TOEFL iBT measures skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing, and requires you to combine 2 or more of these skills to respond to a question. For example, you might read a passage or listen to a lecture in English, and then write or speak your answers in English. Here are sample test questions from their website. http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/exe/toeflSample.exe

Structure of the TOEFL iBT



Testing Time


Score Scale


3-5 passages from academic texts; approximately 700 words long; 12-14 questions per passage.

60-100 minutes

36-70 questions



4-6 lectures, some with classroom discussion; each 3-5 minutes long; 6 questions each. 2-3 conversations; each 3 minutes long; 5 questions each.

60-90 minutes

34-51 questions




10 minutes




2 tasks to express an opinion on a familiar topic; 4 tasks to speak based on what is read and listened to.

20 minutes

6 tasks

0-4 points converted to 0-30 score scale


1 task to write based on what is read and listened to; 1 task to support an opinion on a topic.

50 minutes

2 tasks

0-5 points converted to 0-30 score scale

Total score





Source: www.ets.org/toefl

In order to review for TOEFL, the most important thing is that you practice for the test and its format. In our opinion, any book from the library or bookstore about TOEFL ibt would suffice. However, if you want hands-on experience sot that you can get the actual feel of the test, here are a few websites we recommend.

  1. www.onlinenglish.net
  2. www.LearnEnglish.com
  3. www.EffortlessEnglishClub.com
  4. www.toeflgoanywhere.org
  5. www.toeflibtcourse.com/
  6. toeflpractice.ets.org

In rare cases where a candidate cannot obtain a Social Security Number, an “Alternate Identification Number” (AIN) may be obtained from FSBPT by application. You may print an application for an Alternate Identification Number by clicking on this link www.fsbpt.org/NPTE/AINApp. The issuance of an AIN is solely for the purpose of registering for examinations or services through the FSBPT when a candidate cannot obtain a Social Security Number. The AIN is not a substitute for a Social Security Number for any other purpose. Therefore, you cannot use your AIN to apply for bank accounts or obtain a driver’s license.

Applicants should retain their AIN and utilize it concerning all correspondence, inquiries, or requests relating to their licensure examination. Completed forms should be mailed to FSBPT, Exam Services, 124 West Street South, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

Source: www.fsbpt.org

  FCCPT’S DEFICIENCY MAKE-UP P.L.A.N. By: Editors of PTSponsor.com Date Posted 14 Jun 2008

The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy has a new service to assist foreign educated candidates. This service assists those foreign educated candidates that were deemed NOT to have a substantially equivalent education to U.S. physical therapy graduates. The Planned Learning Assistance Network (P.L.A.N.) counselor identifies deficiencies and appropriate professional education courses that candidates could take. The goal would be for those foreign educated candidates to obtain an education substantially equivalent to the first professional PT degree in the U.S. The common content area deficiencies in professional education are administration/management, cardiopulmonary system, community health/wellness, differential diagnosis, evaluation—clinical decision making, geriatrics, integumentary system, legal and ethics aspects (professional behaviors), pediatrics, and pharmacology and supervised clinical practice.

Many courses are taught in transitional DPT curricula and are conveniently provided in a distance education model. Here is a short list of APTA-accredited schools that you might consider:

AT Still University
Lori M Bordenave, PT, MEd
Acting Chair, Physical Therapy
Arizona School of Health Sciences
5850 East Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
FAX: 480 219-6100
Phone: 480 219-6000

Florida Gulf Coast University
Sharon Bevins, PT, PhD
Chair and Program Director
Department of Physical Therapy and Human Performance
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone(239) 590-7530
Fax: (239) 590-7474

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Maura Daly Iversen, PT, MPH, SD
Professor and Associate Director
Charlestown Navy Yard
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129-4557
Tel: 617-724-6446
FAX: 617-724-6321

Programs for international students
New York Institute of Technology
Karen Friel, PT, DHS
Department of Physical Therapy
500 Building, Room 501
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
Phone: (516) 686-7651
Fax: (516) 686-7699

This format is especially conducive to the foreign educated candidate. Other content areas may be met using an independent studies model which might be onsite as well as online.

Source: www.fccpt.org


Editor’s Note:

In our opinion, the best option is to ask your batch mates or class mates which courses were deemed deficient on their evaluation. You must also ask them which credentialing agency they used. For general education courses that are deemed deficient, try to make-up theses courses locally. Most local colleges offer these courses at reasonable prices. For professional education courses that are deemed deficient, try to make up these courses at an accredited local physical therapy university that offers master’s or doctorate’s degree in physical therapy. For all other courses, you can contact any of the universities listed above. Most of the universities listed offer their courses online and you can complete these courses at your home country.

FCCPT’s Fee for full service P-L-A-N is U.S. $350.00. Applicants who do not wish to apply for the full services may purchase portions of the service at a rate based upon 30-minute time frames. Fee for Hourly services is U.S. $100.00 per 1/2 hour. Before a P.L.A.N. service, you have to complete an Educational Credentials Service which costs $465.00 or Type I Service which costs $660.00. After you have completed all the courses, you have to pay for a re-evaluation which costs $210.00. Why not complete all you deficiencies first before applying for FCCPT credentials verification? This way you save a lot of time and money.

  INFORMATION TO IMPROVE YOUR CAREER OR JOB HUNT By: Stewart Shelby Date Posted 15 Oct 2017

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