For Physical Therapy Licensure

For Physical Therapy Licensure

Required Documentation

Please note that only post-secondary studies will be included in the evaluation. Furthermore, all studies (academic or professional) from institutions that are not recognized in the home country will be excluded from the evaluation. These guidelines have been established by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

For Studies Completed Outside the United States  

Mailed DIRECTLY to IERF by the Institution(s) of Study

Please note that all records received from the institution(s) of study will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant. 

Transcript Request Form

Please forward the Transcript Request Form (TRF) to your educational institution(s), request that they fill out all the information on the form, and that they mail it directly to IERF, along with the documents outlined below.

Official Academic Records

These must be issued in the original language:

  1. Transcripts/Mark Sheets/Examination Results indicating courses/subjects, hours of study/units/credits, and grades/marks/examination results.
  2. Diplomas/Graduation Certificates/Degree Certificates indicating that a degree/qualification has been earned or that a program of study has been completed, if applicable.
Course Syllabi  

Detailed syllabi with course content information for all studies completed are required.  Detailed course content information is required for all PT classes taken. General course descriptions may be substituted for general education subjects ONLY.

Please inform your institution(s) of study that the names of the subjects on the course syllabi have to match the names of the subjects on the academic records, in the same order they have been listed. The syllabi must also reflect the period of study. Any discrepancies will delay the evaluation.

Please note that, based on FSBPT requirements, credit for your PT coursework may only be recommended upon receipt of the syllabi, certifying the content that was covered in your studies.

Please click here for a sample syllabus that you may forward to your institution(s) of study.

Internship Information

Internship information, including hours, patient population, clinical setting, and specific location is required.

Please note that, based on FSBPT requirements, credit for your internship may only be recommended upon receipt of this documentation.

Additional Academic Records

If relevant to your education, please have the examining body mail the examination certificates for the following directly to IERF:

  • Abitur
  • Advanced-Level Examinations (A-Levels)
  • Diploma di Esame di Stato
  • International Baccalaureate

Mailed DIRECTLY to IERF by ETS (for California only)

TOEFL Results

Please be advised that the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) now requires the TOEFL English-language examination for all applicants who have earned their PT qualification outside the US.

Unfortunately, all applicants are subject to this requirement, regardless of citizenship, country of birth, language of study, and any subsequent studies that may have been taken in the US. This requirement is for applicants for PT licensure only (not PTA). The PTBC requires a minimum overall score of 89 with a minimum speaking score of 26 for the internet-based exam.

Please contact the Educational Testing Service and have your official examination results sent directly to our office. The institutional code for IERF is 7307. Please note that all records received from ETS will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.

For more information regarding the California Board’s TOEFL requirement, please refer to their website.

Mailed to IERF by the Applicant

Please submit clear and legible photocopies of the front and back of the following documents:

Physical Therapy License/Membership

If you have passed the physical therapy licensure examination, hold a physical therapy license, or hold a professional membership in your country of study, please submit copies of all related documents.

Previous IERF Evaluation

If a physical therapy evaluation was previously done by IERF, please submit a copy of the original evaluation and checklist.

Translations

Professional translations must be submitted for all records not officially issued in English. These must be in the same format as the original-language documents, line-by-line, word-for-word, and must be typed.

IERF has negotiated a special discount with University Language Services for our applicants who use their translation services. You can contact them directly through their website to learn more about the discount. Please note that some of our applicants have found that getting professional translations done in their country of study to be less expensive.

Upon selecting a professional translation agency, please arrange for them to receive a copy of the records being sent by your school. The prepared translations should then be sent to IERF.

If submitting or original translations, please also include a set of clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back). Otherwise, you will be assessed a $20 fee. Photocopies become the property of IERF.

For studies completed within the United States

Postsecondary Studies

Please have the U.S. institution(s) send transcripts directly to IERF. Please note that all records received from the institution(s) of study will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.

CLEP Examinations

If you have passed the CLEP Examinations, please request that the College Board send your test results directly to IERF. The institutional code for IERF is 2344. Please note that all records received from the College Board will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.