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physicaltherapy: 05 Feb : 06:54 pm

Is there anyone who has gone through CWT6 or type 1 evaluation with FCCPT?
If so, kindly let me know from where can the following deficiencies be fulfilled?
1. History
2. Systems Review
3. Findings that warrant referral
4. Supervision of support staff
5. Documentation

nani: 28 Sep : 04:31 am

plz pleasec tell me where to do phd in india

Nikhilphysio: 02 Jun : 03:55 am

I am working as physiotherapist in Shalby hospital ahmedabad for 4 years. I have passed out from Rajiv gandhi university of health and sciences Bangalore. I want to apply for Newzealand physiotherapy board registration so anyone there from India who got registered as physiotherapist in new zealand please help me.

Arun: 10 May : 12:36 am

Hi Priyank, welcome. Feel free to go through these forum threads returned by search [link]

Priyank: 09 May : 10:28 pm

Hi..need advice. What are the options in Australia after MPT?


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Mon Oct 18 2004, 01:23am
Arun
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The following information was taken from the [link] site to help PTs who is trying to immigrate to the US for employment oppertunities.

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The following was taken from the August 18th version of the ADVANCE for PTs & PTAs

"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in the July 25 Federal Register a final rule that requires new certification to verify the credentials of certain foreign-born health care workers, including rehab professionals.

The rule takes effect on Sept 23 and it is the individual health professional's responsibility to obtain a certificate upon entering the United States from a DHS-approved credentialing organization. The rule applies to nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologist, medical technologists, medical technicians and physician assistants.

Although the rule takes effect in September, certain overseas health professionals who enter the country between Sept. 23, 2003 and July 26, 2004, will have a one-year grace period for obtaining certification. The grace period begins the day the individal enters the country.
Go to [link] and scroll down to the heading "Homeland Security Department," and click on the links to the right of "Health care worker certificates" to read the notice in the Federal Register.

This is very valuable info to pass along, especially to those foreign therapists who frequent this site and ask questions about becoming licensed here.

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Index >> What is a Health Care Worker Certification?
>> Who Must Obtain a Health Care Worker Certification?
>> Are Nonimmigrants Subject to the Health Care Worker Certification Requirements?
>> Which Organizations Are Currently Authorized to Issue Health Care Worker Certificates?
>> Which English Language Testing Organizations Are Approved for Purposes of Health Care Worker Certification?
>> What Are the Acceptable English Language Test Scores for Health Care Worker Certification?
>> Questions and Answers about Exemptions for Certain Health Care Workers
>> Issuing Health Care Worker Certificates
>> How does an organization apply for authorization to issue Health Care Worker certificates?
>> What kind of information does an organization need to provide to the BCIS in order to obtain authorization to issue the certificates?
>> How long may an organization be authorized to issue health care worker certificates?
>> Can an organization appeal?
>> Where Can an Employer File a Petition?
>> How Does an Employer Find Out the Status of a Petition?
>> Where Can I Find the Law?
>> Frequently Asked Questions
>> Can Anyone Help Me?
Q: What is a Health Care Worker Certification? A: A health care worker certification identifies and documents that a foreign health care worker has met minimum requirements for training, licensure, and English proficiency in order to be able to fulfill their professional role as a(n):
Licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or registered nurse

Occupational therapist

Physical therapist

Speech language pathologist and audiologist

Medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist)

Physician assistant

Medical technician (clinical laboratory technician)


Q: Who Must Obtain a Health Care Worker Certification?

A: Any non-U.S. citizen coming to the United States for employment as a health care worker (other than a physician) cannot be admitted unless he or she presents a certificate from either the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or a certificate of equal standing from an organization with equivalent credentials. These requirements apply to both immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants. Regarding visa classification, nonimmigrant health care workers will most likely be in H-1C, H-1B, J, O, or TN non-immigrant categories. Any non-immigrants coming to receive training in a health care occupation will not be required to obtain certification. Such health care workers will most likely be in F-1, J-1 (aliens coming to undertake a training program in a medical field) and H-3 nonimmigrant classifications. Please note that each of these visa classifications has additional requirements. Please go to our Nonimmigrant Visa or our Immigrant Visa Classification pages for more information on visa categories.
Q: Are Nonimmigrants Subject to the Health Care Worker Certification Requirements? A: Yes, as of July 26, 2004, if a nonimmigrant is seeking to be admitted to the United States, is changing status, and/or is requesting an extension of stay, he or she must provide evidence of health care worker certification if the primary purpose for coming to or remaining in the United States is employment in one of the affected health care occupations. Previously, under section 212(d)(3) of the Act, the BCIS and the Department of State waived Health Care Worker certification requirements for nonimmigrants, while requiring it for immigrants. After careful consideration of the statute and legislative history, it has been determined that nonimmigrants are also subject to the certification requirements.
Q: Which Organizations Are Currently Authorized to Issue Health Care Worker Certificates? A: The following organizations are authorized to issue certificates for the following health care occupations:
  • The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is authorized to issue certificates to all 7 health care occupations.
  • The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is authorized to issue certificates for occupational therapists.
  • The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy is authorized to issue certificates for physical therapists.
 

Q: Which English Language Testing Organizations Are Approved for Purposes of Health Care Worker Certification?

A: Every alien must meet certain English language requirements in order to obtain a certificate unless otherwise exempted. The following testing services had been approved:
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Test of English in International Communication (TOEIC)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Q: What are the Acceptable English Language Test Scores for Health Care Worker Certification? A: The statute vests the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the sole discretion to determine the minimum scores required for a Health Care Worker Certification.  

Occupational and physical therapists. An alien seeking to perform labor in the United States as an occupational or physical therapist must obtain the following scores on the English tests:
ETS: Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-Based 560, Computer-Based 220; Test of Written English (TWE): 4.5; Test of Spoken English (TSE): 50.
Important: The certifying organizations shall not accept the results of the TOEIC, or the IELTS for the occupations of occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Registered nurses and other health care workers requiring the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. An alien coming to the United States to perform labor as a registered nurse (other than a nurse presenting a certified statement under section 212(r) of the Act) or to perform labor in another health care occupation requiring a baccalaureate degree (other than occupational or physical therapy) must obtain one of the following combinations of scores to obtain a certificate:
ETS: TOEFL: Paper-Based 540, Computer-Based 207; TWE: 4.0; TSE: 50;
TOEIC Service International: TOEIC: 725; plus TWE: 4.0 and TSE: 50; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a spoken band score of 7.0. This would require the Academic module. Occupations requiring less than a baccalaureate degree. An alien coming to the United States to perform labor in a health care occupation that does not require a baccalaureate degree must obtain one of the following combinations of scores to obtain a certificate:
ETS: TOEFL: Paper-Based 530, Computer-Based 197; TWE: 4.0; TSE: 50;
TOEIC Service International: TOEIC: 700; plus TWE 4.0 and TSE: 50; or
IELTS: 6.0 overall with a spoken band score of 7.0. This would allow either the Academic or the General module.

Questions and Answers about Exemptions for Certain Health Care Workers
Q: Are foreign health care workers - trained in the United States or in possession of a valid state license - subject to the health care certification requirement? A: Yes. While Congress provided certain nurses with a less rigorous, alternative certification process, it did not provide a less rigorous alternative certification option to state-licensed foreign health care workers. Possession of a state license does not exempt a foreign health care worker from compliance with the certification requirement. Similarly, health care workers who have been trained in the United States are not exempt from the certification requirement.  

Q: Are there any accommodations for foreign health care workers who have been trained in the United States?

A: Yes. Foreign health care workers may be automatically deemed to have met the English language and/or educational comparability requirements if they have graduated from certain programs or from programs in certain countries. The following groups may be deemed to have met the English language requirements:
Graduates of health professional programs in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Alien nurses who are presenting the alternate certified statement under section 212(r) of the Act.
For nurses, graduation from an entry-level program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
For occupational therapists, graduation from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);
For physical therapists, graduation from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); and
For speech language pathologists and audiologists, graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The following groups may be deemed to have met the educational comparability requirements:
For nurses, graduation from an entry-level program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);
For occupational therapists, graduation from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA);
For physical therapists, graduation from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); and
For speech language pathologists and audiologists, graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Q: Are dependents subject to the health care worker certification requirement? A: No. For example, if you are here as an L-2 nonimmigrant, your primary purpose for entering the United States is to join your spouse. Since an L-2 nonimmigrant spouse is authorized employment, you may engage in employment as a health care worker without obtaining the certification. This will also apply to other dependents who are accompanying a principal alien and who are employment authorized within their dependent status. Issuing Health Care Worker Certificates

Q: How does an organization apply for authorization to issue health care worker certificates? A: As of September 23, 2003, organizations must apply for authorization to issue health care worker certificates by filing BCIS Form I-905 (Application for Authorization to issue Health Care Worker Certificates). Form I-905 is available online and at your local Field Office. Q: What kind of information does an organization need to provide to the BCIS in order to obtain authorization to issue the certificates? A: The instructions to the Form I-905 list the kind of information that must be provided in support of the Form I-905. That information is also contained at 8 CFR 212.15(k). In general, the organization must demonstrate that it meets four guiding principles:
The organization is independent and free of material conflicts of interest regarding whether an alien receives a visa; The organization has an ability to evaluate both the foreign credentials appropriate for the profession, and the results of examinations for proficiency in the English language appropriate for the health care field in which the alien will be engaged;

The organization can maintain comprehensive and current information on foreign educational institutions, ministries of health, and foreign health care licensing jurisdictions; and

If the health care field is one for which a majority of the states require a predictor examination (currently, this is done only for nursing), the organization should demonstrate an ability to conduct the examination outside the United States.


Q: How long may an organization be authorized to issue health care worker certificates?

A: Authorization to issue health care worker certificates will be good for a period of 5 years from the date of approval. An organization must renew its authorization to issue certificates by filing a new application, with fee, for Form I-905.
Q: Can an organization appeal? A: If your petition is denied, the denial letter will tell you how to appeal. Generally, you may file a Notice of Appeal along with the required fee with the office that issued the denial letter within 33 days of receiving the denial. Once the fee is collected and the form is processed, the appeal will be referred to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in Washington, D.C. Sending the appeal directly to the AAO will delay the process and may result in an untimely filing of the appeal. For more information, see How Do I Appeal?. Please click here for more information on BCIS offices.
Q: Where Can an Employer File a Petition? A: An employer who is seeking authorization to employ a health care worker should file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, or Form I-140, Petition for Immigrant Worker, with the BCIS service center that serves the area where they are located. Please see our BCIS field office home page for more information on BCIS office locations. Forms and BCIS' guide to nonimmigrant and immigrant worker petitions are available by calling 1-800-870-3676, or by submitting a request through our forms by mail system. For further information on filing fees, please see BCIS filing fees.
Q: How Does an Employer Find out the Status of a Petition? A: If you are the petitioning employer, contact the BCIS Service Center that received your Form I-129 or Form I-140. You should be prepared to provide the BCIS staff with specific information about the petition. Please click here for complete instructions on checking the status of your application. Click here for information on BCIS offices.
Q: Where Can I Find the Law? A: The complete requirements for health care worker certification can be found in the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) at section 212 (a)(5)(C). The alternative requirements for nurses are at section 212 (r) of the Act. The specific eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for health care worker certification are included in the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] at 8 CFR §212.15.
Frequently Asked Questions
See DHS Implements Statutory Requirements for Health Care Workers, 07/29/03 and DHS Announces New Requirement for Health Care Workers, 07/29/03. Q: Can Anyone Help Me?
A:
If advice is needed, please see Finding Legal Advice.
Last Modified 08/15/2003"


Thanks to JMA for collecting this valuable information and posting it at [link] and to Mr. Regan Wong, PT the Admin of Physical Therapists.com for granting permission for republishment

[ Edited Fri Jun 23 2006, 12:12am ]

Mon Oct 18 2004, 08:24am
Boopathi
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some more informations....

if your a physicaltherapist, only TOEFL and TSE accepted for visa credential not IELTS

if your a physicaltherapist, completed only three and half year course its important to have at least three year experience to get Visa credential for H1b & immegration Visas...

if your in india to take test dates for TOEFL ,its available throughout year...and you can get the date just fifteen to twenty days prior to test, it costs Rs 6500...

But in india if you want to take TSE date its available in limited dates and you have to register in advance through DD only , not in online or credit card, the amount varies on particular date (usually around Rs 6000)

Thease two test results directly sent by ETS to CGFNS OR FCCPT.

FCCPT increased the amount to $ 600 from this october....

more importantly this credential evaluation only for VISA SCREENING not for taking licencing exam.

for licencing evaluation you have to do it again for each state in a particular agency.( usually FCCPT and ICD accepted for some states it differs)

after getting visa credential certificate you have to find visa sponsoring employer either H1b or Green card....

for getting H1B it is advisable you to complete this Visa credentials before march or april because the employer usually files petition on april or after that...

if its H1B its faster than Green card. some times green card process takes two years.....

watch out for more information regarding Visa screening and work abroad......in near future

Sun Aug 21 2005, 08:01am
Robin
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boopathi,..any more new developments for the evaluations?

Fri Aug 26 2005, 12:01am
Boopathi
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yes robin, though we got the information very late its very important and a big relief for us, there was some law which was was delying ones green card process by two years , recently on march lifeted now enabling us to get green card with in six month from the date of complete application that includes passing the exams (toefl & tse)

Fri Aug 26 2005, 01:58am
Robin
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nhaha..!

Tue Dec 05 2006, 10:06am
swapnil_handa85 physiotherapist
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non-matching subjects for evaluation of testimonials

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An Idea Of Non Matching Subjects For Usa
hello im likely to apply for credentialization by august 2007 for the licensing for los angeles. Here im giving subjects studied by me during my b.p.t., can anybody who have gone through the process kindly give me an idea of non-matching or missing subjects needed during evaluation or to be qualified separetly.
Course Content

First Semester
Basics of Anatomy & Physiology-I
Basics of Anatomy & Physiology-II
Basic computer skills
Communication skills in English
Second Semester
General & Clinical Psychology
Sociology & Biostatics
Geriatrics
Bio-Mechanics
Third Semester
Nervous System & Neuromuscular Transmission
Musculo-Skeleton System & Joints
Clinical Orthopedics
Exercise & Electrotherapy - I
Fourth Semester
General Surgery
Physiotherapy in Medical & Surgical Conditions
Exercise & Electrotherapy - II
Project
Fifth Semester
Medicines
Physiotherapy in Cardiothoracic Conditions
Biochemistry
Physiotherapy in Neurosurgery
Sixth Semester
Pharmacology
Computer Skills for Office Management
Professional Practices in Physiotherapy-I
Kinesiology
Seventh Semester
Professional Practices in Physiotherapy-II
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
Management of Physiotherapy Department
Community Medicines
Eighth Semester
Advanced Therapeutics
Rehabilitation & ADL
Dissertation Project
Total Credits of Programme 128

 

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