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24.177.510    FOREIGN-TRAINED PHYSICAL THERAPIST APPLICANTS

(1) Foreign-trained physical therapist applicants shall be subject to the following requirements:

(a) compliance with educational standards equivalent to the national standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association by using an evaluation of educational background performed by the Foreign Credentialing Commission of Physical Therapy, Inc. (FCCPT), P.O. Box 258227, Alexandria, VA 22313-9998.

(b) pay any fee required by the services;

(c) be at least 18 years of age;

(d) have graduated from a board-approved physical therapy school;

(e) if from a non English speaking culture, the applicant shall display competency in the English language by passing the national examination test of English as foreign language (TOEFL) with a passing score as designated by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). The applicant would contact TOEFL by writing:

 

TOEFL

Box 899

Princeton, NJ 08541, USA

 

A fee is required by TOEFL and must be paid by the applicant.

(f) pass to the satisfaction of the board a written examination prescribed by the board and, if considered necessary, an oral interview to determine the fitness of the applicant to practice as a physical therapist; and

(g) All applicants who have previously taken the NPTE in any jurisdiction shall submit a request for test history verification and the fee to the testing service.

(2) Foreign-trained physical therapist assistant applicants are not eligible for licensure.

 

History: 37-1-131, 37-11-201, MCA; IMP, 37-11-310, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1664, Eff. 11/11/83; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 2107, Eff. 11/30/90; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 1583, Eff. 6/10/94; AMD, 1995 MAR p. 2483, Eff. 11/23/95; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 38, Eff. 1/17/97; AMD, 2001 MAR p. 344, Eff. 2/23/01; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 2292, Eff. 10/17/03; TRANS, from Commerce, 2005 MAR p. 380; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 2153, Eff. 11/13/09; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 1526, Eff. 7/27/12.

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