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PHYSICAL THERAPY

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is the authorized credential evaluation service for the certification of occupational therapists trained outside the United States.  NBCOT is the only organization that can determine eligibility for taking the licensure exam. 

     

  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct credential evaluations and issue certificates of eligibility for non-U.S. holders of qualifications in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, and physician assistants as well as occupational and physical therapy (see below).

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PHARMACY

LABORATORY

  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct credential evaluations and issue certificates of eligibility for non-U.S. holders of qualifications in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, medical and clinical laboratory technicians.

     

  • ASCP Board of Certification offers international certification for laboratory professionals including Medical technologists.  The ASCPi credential certifies professional competency among new and practicing laboratory personnel in an effort to contribute globally to the highest standards of patient safety. Graduates of medical laboratory science programs outside the United States are challenged with content that mirrors the standards of excellence established by ASCP exams. 

MASSAGE THERAPY

MEDICINE

  • Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) provides information on the medical licensure process in the United States, educational and credentialing requirements, examinations, and links to state boards.

     

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the authorized credential evaluation and guidance agency for non-U.S. physicians and graduates of non-U.S. medical schools who seek to practice in the United States or apply for a U.S. medical residency program.  It provides comprehensive information and resources on licensure, the U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE), residencies, and recognition.

     

  • International Medical Education Directory (IMED) provides information on non-U.S. medical schools recognized by the competent authorities in their home countries.

     

  • Reference Guide for Medical Education Credentials provides a directory of the medical qualifications from other countries that are recognized by ECFMG as providing evidence of comparability to U.S. first-professional education in medicine.

     

  • The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards.

     

  • ARC-PA Licensure of Foreign-Educated Physician Assistants provides information on requirements for the U.S. licensure of physical therapists trained outside the United States  ARC-PA also provides information about the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (OSTEOPATHY)

There is no nationally recognized credential evaluation service or recognition process for osteopathic medicine.  Check with individual state boards for guidance (see Medicine above).

 

PSYCHOLOGY

There is no nationally recognized credential evaluation service or recognition process for the professional practice of psychology.  Check with individual state boards for guidance.

 

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