Physical Therapist License
Foreign Trained Physical Therapists State Licensure Information
Physical Therapy Application links in all 50 states
Find applications, instructions and frequently asked questions for foreign educated Physical Therapists
Are you foreign trained and interested in a physical therapy career in the United States? If so, you've come to the right place. Travel Force career resources, provides direct links to nationwide physical therapy board licensing authorities and quick links to The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), simplify application for state licensure, find the unique licensure requirements of every state.
Find every state licensing authority, with direct links to appropriate forms and information on all 50 member boards; these links take the foreign trained physical therapist directly to U.S. physical therapist license requirements in the state of their choice, as well frequently asked questions (FAQ) and instructions.
Individual State Physical Therapist License Requirements
Note that the FCCPT, or Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, is the preferred credential evaluation service before application can be made. Additionally, many states ask for the education equivalent of a CAPTE approved program.
Arkansas: The State Physical Therapy Board requires foreign trained applicants to pass a state jurisprudence examination, show proficiency in English, and submit a board approved credential evaluation statement. Look for more criteria in Roman numeral 6 on this PDF.
California: The State Physical Therapy Board assists foreign educated physical therapy graduates from accredited and non-accredited programs; read instructions and download an application on this page.
Connecticut: Foreign trained physical therapists qualify for licensure provided the applicant receives an acceptable credentials evaluation from the FCCPT; the following DPH link provides further physical therapist licensing information for non-U.S. applicants.
Florida: The State Physical Therapy Board has announced: Effective August 6, 2010, the Florida Board of Physical Therapy no longer requires graduates of foreign trained programs to submit proof of English proficiency as a licensure requirement. Their application is currently under revision to change this requirement.
Illinois: The State Physical Therapy Board does not provide a specific page intended for foreign trained physical therapists; however, they do provide contact information for sources who can answer your questions.
Iowa: The State Physical Therapy Board’s licensure information is the same for foreign and domestic applicants on the online application.
Kansas: This state encourages foreign trained applicants to apply for a temporary physical therapist license, good for 3 months, once application has been approved. You will need a social security # to apply online.
Louisiana: In this state, no physical therapist may practice without first obtaining a temporary permit; start the online application. Be advised that foreign-educated physical therapy graduates must be supervised by a Louisiana licensed physical therapist for a supervised clinical period.
Maine: Physical Therapists apply for their licenses via Endorsement or Examination. Applicants must submit written proof that the school of physical therapy education is recognized by the ministry of education in the country where school was located.
Maryland: The state provides detailed instructions for foreign trained Physical Therapist applicants; FCCPT evaluations are accepted.
Michigan: The State Physical Therapy Board mandates graduation from a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy school and FCCPT evaluation.
Nevada: The State Physical Therapy Board requires an evaluation by the FCCPT. Physical therapists must provide a mailing address so the application can be mailed.
New Hampshire: The State Physical Therapy Board requires an FCCPT evaluation; you can see licensure qualifications for foreign trained physical therapists and contact the main office for an application at: (603) 271-8389
North Carolina: The State Physical Therapy Board requires foreign-trained physical therapists to havea current North Carolina license prior to beginning employment in the State. Get your online application here.
Ohio: The State Physical Therapy Board provides an online application for licensure as a physical therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant, with instructions for the foreign trained on the applicant page.
Oklahoma: The State Physical Therapy Board requires good moral character, as well as asks foreign trained applicants to pass a state competency examination. Credential evaluation may be done by the FCCPT. There is no online application available. Please read instructions for making application and go from there.
Oregon: The State Physical Therapy Board requires a foreign trained applicant to apply through the examination application process. Call 971-673-0200 to begin process or e-mail a Board director online.
Pennsylvania The State Physical Therapy Board requires a social security number to make application; foreign trained applicants will apply for a physical therapist license by endorsement; the application is available here.
Rhode Island: Physical Therapy applications for licensure of foreign trained physical therapists must be downloaded and printed. The completed form should be mailed to the address noted on the application.
Texas: The State Physical Therapy Board provides instructions for foreign trained physical therapist applicants; they provide, on this page, an "Apply for a License Now" link.
Washington: The State Physical Therapy Board reviews all applications for a Physical Therapy License, domestic and foreign trained, and provides a “packet” of all the materials you will need to work in Washington physical therapy jobs.
Attention physical therapists from Mexico and Canada:
For those Canadian born and Mexican applicants seeking physical therapist licensure in the U.S.A., you are best advised to work on a non-immigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa, which allows citizens of these countries, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the U.S. in a prearranged business activity for a U.S. or foreign employer; download relevant government provided information on this at the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Tri-State Welcomes You!
We're excited to see qualified applicants from every nationality obtain a physical therapist license in the state of their choice, and eager to place the right candidates in exciting physical therapist jobs from coast to coast. Find a rewarding physical therapy career today, where a comprehensive benefits package, top salary and room for growth await!