THE PROBLEM: Your Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy No Longer Meets U.S. Visa Standards
As announced on September 16, 2016 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now requires a Master’s degree or higher in physical therapy for applicants to obtain a Type 1 Healthcare Worker Certificate. In response, FCCPT will no longer process applications from candidates without a Master’s degree. Therefore, foreign PTs with Bachelor’s degrees are essentially blocked from getting a U.S. visa.
Immediately, being a physical therapist in the USA will require at least graduation from a Master’s degree program – not the educational equivalency of a Master’s degree, as had been the previous standard.
The standards will soon increase even further as on January 1, 2017 FSBPT CWT6 becomes active. On that date, the minimum requirement becomes a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).
These changes have left many foreign-trained PTs wondering how to meet the new U.S. standards. “There are literally thousands of heartbroken foreign-trained PTs out there who have had their American dreams crushed,” stated Katie Glaser, PassportUSA’s VP of International Operations. “I cannot imagine how some PTs must have felt when they received the notice from FCCPT stating they do not qualify for a VisaScreen along with their processing fees refunded.”
“Unfortunately, the newly required MPT and DPT degree programs are not even offered by a huge percentage of non-U.S. colleges and universities, leaving BPTs with nowhere to turn,” continued Glaser.
Fortunately, PasportUSA saw this coming and took steps to find a solution. The solution to this dilemma can be found in PasportUSA’s new EXCEL program for PTs.
THE SOLUTION: PassportUSA’s EXCEL Program Enables PTs to Earn their DPT in 18 Months
PassportUSA has partnered with two reputable U.S.-based academic institutions to create the Excel program, an online / distance education initiative designed to help Bachelor degreed PTs obtain their DPT, meeting the soon-to-be enacted CWT6 standards. And this distance education / online program can be completed in just 18 months.
No Worries Regarding Costs of Tuition, Textbooks, and Fees
Costs associated with the EXCEL program are covered in advance by PassportUSA. That means your tuition, fees and textbooks are completely covered upfront, allowing you to focus on your coursework first. Then once you begin working for PassportUSA in the USA, earning great U.S. wages, a low-cost repayment cycle begins, which is stretched out over the course of your contract. And because of PassportUSA’s clout and volume of applicants, you will also save 10 percent off normal tuition rates.
Who is EXCEL eligible?
The EXCEL program is open to all physical therapists currently working for PassportUSA in the USA AND offshore candidates who have signed a PassportUSA contract. Additionally you must:
- have an active physical therapy license in the country in which you earned your BPT or MPT
- have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher in your BPT or MPT program
- meet minimum TOEFL iBT score requirement of 89 total score and 26 on speaking section
- provide further documentation such as your resume, school transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
How to Get Started
Physical therapists interested in our EXCEL program should register with us at the link below. You may then be invited to schedule a phone or Skype interview with a PassportUSA teammate. They will gladly provide full details on our U.S. opportunities and our new EXCEL program.