Post-Professional Program for
International Physical Therapists
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- Courses are fully online.
- The program can be completed in one to three years.
- A minimum of 13 credits is required of all students.
- The program is affordable and competitively priced.
- Students network and connect with nationally recognized faculty and peers.
- Students are permitted to take two courses before formal application and matriculation. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission.
- After successful completion of 13 credits (GPA of 3.0 or better) students receive a Professional Practice Certificate and are permitted to enter and complete the Transitional DPT program, if licensed in the U.S.
- Arcadia University's Physical Therapy program is ranked in the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
This certificate program is designed to prepare foreign-educated physical therapists for practice in the United States. Successful completion of the program is a pathway to acceptance to Arcadia University’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
The profession and practice of physical therapy in the United States is changing rapidly. Almost all physical therapist education programs in the United States are currently at the doctoral level, and post-graduate programs, such as fellowships and residencies, are growing rapidly. Education in foreign countries differs from that in the United States in terms of degree level, scope, and level of practice.
Offered completely online, this program gives foreign-educated clinicians easy access to make their level of practice more congruent with physical therapists practicing in the United States. The program’s goal is to educate clinicians who achieve practice consistent with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Vision 2020 and beyond. Graduates will function with a high degree of professionalism and possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and behaviors to practice physical therapy in a truly scientific manner (i.e., using evidence-based practice).
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to do the following:
- Solve clinical problems based on evidence.
- Critically evaluate current literature and theories.
- Communicate professionally through scientific writing.
- Function as an effective teacher at multiple levels—with patients, students, peers, and consumers.
- Use skills required to be an independent and lifelong learners.
This is a program for foreign-educated physical therapists who are preparing for licensure in the United States and for foreign-educated physical therapists practicing in the United States who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills and progress to the Transitional D.P.T. program. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.
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Students may take two courses before formal application and matriculation. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission.
In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate students, the following program-specific requirements must be met:
- Proof of graduation from a government-recognized physical therapist degree program with a GPA of 2.75 or better
- International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)
- Portfolio submission to include:
- Official transcript from all physical therapist programs attended
- Detailed course descriptions and/or syllabi for the years enrolled
- Current professional license in US jurisdiction (if applicable)
- Three written recommendations (professional or academic)
- Brief essay articulating goals for the Post-Professional Program for International Physical Therapists program
- Basic computer skills including use of the internet and email
- Computer system requirements
Tuition and Costs
2013-14 Tuition: $788 per credit
(13 minimum for Post-Professional Certificate and minimum of 8 additional if accepted into the Transitional DPT Program)
- PT 503 Ethics and Law
- PT 504 Teaching Methods
- PT 515 Clinical Decision Making for International Physical Therapists†
- PT 516 Post-Professional Orientation†
- PT 518 Medical Screening across the Lifespan or PT 508 Medical Screening
- PT 528 Health Care Systems
- PT 556 Diagnostic Imaging* or PT 555 Pharmacology
- PT 705 Orthopedic Physical Therapy*
- PT 706 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy*
- PT 707 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy*
- PT 708 Integumentary Physical Therapy*
† All matriculated students must begin with these two courses (enrollment in a course does not guarantee admission to the program)
* Courses that may be waived based on Portfolio Assessment
Admission to the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Those who complete the Post-Professional Program for International Physical Therapists Graduate Certificate program may apply for admission to the Transitional D.P.T. program. Students must complete an application to the Transitional D.P.T. program, including the following:
- Proof of successful completion of the Post-Professional Program for International Physical Therapists Graduate Certificate with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students with 2 or more grades of “C” or below are not eligible to apply.
- One written recommendation from a primary instructor in the Post-Professional Program for International Physical Therapists program.
- Brief essay articulating goals for the Transitional D.P.T. program.
- Proof of current licensure from a jurisdiction in the United States.
After successful completion of the Post-Professional Program for International Physical Therapists Certificate program, students must complete a minimum of 8 credits to earn the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
The following courses are required for the Transitional DPT degree:
- PT 556 Diagnostic Imaging or PT 555 Pharmacology
- PT 547 Health Promotion
- PT 656 Neuromuscular Tissues
- PT 702 Case Analysis
For those licensed to practice in the United States:
After successful completion of the Professional Practice Certificate (GPA of 3.0 or better), students are permitted to enter and complete the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
For those not yet licensed to practice in the United States:
This program is designed to prepare foreign educated physical therapists for a license to practice in the United States. Successful completion of the program is a pathway to acceptance into Arcadia University’s Transitional DPT program.
For continuation into the Transitional DPT program, students must:
- Complete supervised clinical practice in the student's geographical area in the US
- The facility must have two or more physical therapists
- The supervising PT must be an APTA credentialed clinical instructor or a board certified clinical specialist (ABPTS)
- The facility must be part of a healthcare system with diverse patient populations representing a broad array of diagnoses
- Attain current professional licensure as a Physical Therapist in a US jurisdiction
Course Waiver Criteria
Course waiver requests are evaluated on the following detailed criteria via portfolio review:
A waiver for a course in the Clinical Practice Series (PT 705 Orthopedic Physical Therapy; PT 706 Neurologic Physical Therapy; PT 707 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, PT 708 Integumentary Physical Therapy) requires APTA Clinical Specialist Certification or prior post- professional coursework that may either be university-based or continuing education and total at least 42 contact hours in a particular specialty area. The student must submit the following:
- Course description
- Course syllabus
- Written documentation of content
- PT 516 Orientation†, August 4 - August 16
- PT 515 Clinical Decision Making†, August 26 - October 11
- PT 528 Health Care Systems, October 21 - December 6
- PT 556 Diagnostic Imaging, August 26 - October 11
- PT 555 Pharmacology, October 21 - December 6
- PT 503 Ethics and Law, January 13 - February 28
- PT 508 Medical Screening, March 10 - April 25
- PT 504 Teaching and Learning, May 5 - June 20
- PT 518 Medical Screening Across the Life Span, TBD
- PT 707 Cardiopulmonary, May 5 - June 20
- PT 708 Integumentary, TBD
† All matriculated students must begin with these two courses.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of our students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.arcadia.edu/gainful.