Education & Credential Evaluation Report Requirements

Educational Requirements

Pursuant to Section 2653 of the Business & Professions Codes, a foreign educated applicant must provide satisfactory evidence to the PTBC that he or she has completed an equivalent professional degree to that issued by a United States accredited physical therapy educational program. The PTBC requires certification of educational equivalency from an approved credential evaluation agency.

Section 1398.26.1 of the California Code of Regulations lists the specific educational requirements that must be satisfied in order to submit satisfactory documentary evidence that your physical therapy education is equivalent.

TOEFL Requirements for Physical Therapist Applicants (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to Section 2653 (b) of the Business & Professions Codes, all foreign educated physical therapist applicants must provide a passing score for the TOEFL examination, as provided by ETS.

The PTBC requires the following minimum passing scores for the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT). The PTBC does not permit the substitution of other examinations for the TOEFL.

Internet-Based TOEFL Section Minimum Score
Total Score 89
Composite of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing 63
Speaking 26

Credential Evaluation Report Requirements

Contact an approved credential evaluation service below to have your credentials evaluated.

  • If your education is equivalent, the evaluation service sends you a "Certificate of Professional Degree Equivalency" that indicates you have met the equivalent professional degree. Applicants are required to submit the "Certificate of Professional Degree Equivalency" in a sealed unopened envelope with the application. Applications received without the "Certificate of Professional Degree Equivalency" will be considered incomplete. Pursuant to Section 1398.27, the PTBC is required to inform an applicant within 30 days whether the application is complete.
  • If you receive a credential evaluation report which identifies educational deficiencies, this credential evaluation report is for your use only and you do not qualify to apply. Therefore, do not submit the Application for Licensure until you have satisfied the deficiencies. Do not submit the credential evaluation report that identifies your deficiencies to the PTBC. The PTBC does not advise applicants about educational deficiencies listed on the evaluation. You will need to contact the evaluation services that evaluated your credentials to obtain information on how to satisfy your deficiencies.

Approved Evaluation Services

Each evaluation service has their own processing time and fee associated with evaluating credentials. The PTBC suggests that you contact each approved evaluation service to determine which evaluation service will meet your needs.

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City CA 90231-3655
(310)258-9451

Foreign Credentialing Commission on PT (FCCPT)
PO Box 25827
Alexandria VA 22313
(703)684-8406

International Credentialing Associates, Inc. (ICA)
7245 Bryan Dairy Rd.
Largo FL 33777
(727) 549-8555

International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
3600 Market Street, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
or
PO Box 8629
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
(215) 222-8454 x510