PT Credentialing Program

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On March 22, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) re-authorized FCCPT to issue the Health Care Workers (Type I) Certificate for immigration. The approval is retroactive to March 22, 2015 and lasts until March 2020.

In the re-authorization, USCIS clarified its position regarding requirements for FCCPT to issue the Health Care Worker's Certificate. USCIS stated that it does not mandate a minimum degree title or number of credit hours required for the Type I certificate. USCIS referred to federal regulations at 8 CFR section 212.15 (f)(1)(i), requiring that foreign-educated physical therapists (PTs) demonstrates a level of education comparable to the U.S. educated PT.

Based on the USCIS guidance, the FCCPT Board of Directors approved the following eligibility requirements for the Type I certificate. Effective April 1, 2017, FCCPT will consider the education of foreign-educated PTs comparable or substantially equivalent to the U.S. educated PT if the education demonstrates the following:

  1. 1. Post-bachelor's degree: The first professional degree in physical therapy must be a bachelor's degree or higher. If the first professional degree is a bachelor's degree, the candidate must also possess a Master's degree or higher in any subject. Transitional DPT (tDPT) post-professional degrees offered by regionally-accredited universities that also have a CAPTE-accredited professional DPT program are accepted as post-bachelor's degrees.
  2. 2. Meets CWT6 Requirements: The education meets the content requirements of the Coursework Tool 6 (CWT6); and
  3. 3. Minimum Credits - 210: The education (general + professional education) possesses a minimum of the equivalent of 210 U.S. semester credits. The professional education component of the education must contain a minimum of 90 credits. (These credit requirements do not apply to application for licensure).
  4. The April 1, 2017 effective date applies to all Type I services currently in Review or Pending (for Immigration), and all new applications for the Type I Reviews received on or after April 1st.

    - (FCCPT Re-authorization and Type I Requirements)

Requirements for Enrollment in the Credentialing Program:

  1. Letter of Intent
          Addressed to: OFELIA R. LIM, RPT, MHA
          Director for Academic Affairs
          Phil. Rehabilitation Institute Foundation, Inc.
  2. Copy of PT Transcript of Records and Diploma (scanned/soft copy only)
  3. Copy of Credentialing Evaluation Report, if available (soft copy only)

Courses Offered:


  • Cultural Competency

    This course describes the concept and theories of culture and focuses on developing cultural competency and language proficiency, as well as anger management and conflict resolution. It also includes the understanding of Philippine culture, American culture, and Western culture and respecting other cultures.

  • Organization and Administration - Consultation, Screening, Referral and Delegation

    This course instructs the students on the proper way of providing professional consultation and evaluation of clients with and without referral from physicians or other medical practitioners. It also provides and discusses clinical situations whereby after a thorough and encompassing screening of clients through history taking and implementation of tests, an appropriate physician referral will be prepared for a more holistic and quality health care management.

    Lastly, effective delegation is also discussed to sustain quality assurance throughout the treatment.

  • Pharmacology

    This course deals with the study of drugs and its sources, physical and chemical properties, biochemical and physiological effects, indications, contraindications, mechanism of action, absorption, metabolism, excretion, uses, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.

  • Legal Issues in Health Care Practice

    This course deals with the legal issues affecting the delivery of health care services in a hospital and clinical setting. It also discusses the pertinent federal & state laws that affect Physical Therapy practice and the consequences of professional decision-making processes that may lead to breach of confidentiality, malpractice, damages, non-payment of reimbursements, and sexual harassment situations. Applications of legal knowledge for health care personnel management, pertinent protection, public protection as well as physician protection are also covered in depth.

  • PT Organization and Administration

    This course includes the dynamics of physical therapy practice relative to its position of leadership and autonomous practice in an evolving health care system. It will also discuss the roles, responsibilities, and accountability of Physical Therapists considering the laws, regulations, and policies and other relevant topics that advance practice.

  • Educational Techniques for PT & PTA

    This 2-unit course provides a simple, yet comprehensive presentations of suggested modern teaching approaches, methods, strategies and techniques utilized in the classroom, community and clinical facility, so that the teaching and learning process may become more interesting and longer lasting for the physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant.

  • Professional Behaviors in Physical Therapy

    This 2-unit course discusses Physical Therapy as a profession and the responsibilities of the professional to the profession itself, the public and the healthcare community it serves.

  • Community Based Rehabilitation

    This course tackles with the theories and principles of community based rehabilitation in the Philippine context.

  • PT Research

    This is a course that provides a combination of consultative and actual practice of the step-by-step process of preparing a clinical research proposal which includes problem identification, formulation of the hypothesis, setting of objectives, choosing a research design, data collection as well as data processing and analysis. It also provides discussions and advisory on how a clinical research or scientific paper is to be written as the research is being performed.

    At the end of the course, the students should have been able to successfully defended their clinical research with a selected panel of research masters composed of a statistician, an expert in the field of the research problem tackled and in the field of education in general.

  • Anatomy 3: Kinesiology and Biomechanics

    This course is about the study of the human movement from the viewpoint of the physical sciences. It involves the appreciation of the human body as a machine for the performance of work and has its foundation in three major areas of study, namely, mechanics, anatomy and neuromuscular physiology. These concepts are integrated and applied to the total body function by examining the complex tasks of posture and gait.

    The clinical aspect of kinesiology is given emphasis to meet the need of workers in the field of rehabilitation of the physically handicapped. Although basic kinesiology is concerned with normal motions and individuals with intact neuromuscular systems, this course includes the understanding of pathomechanics and principles of therapy employed by physical therapists in the rehabilitation of locomotor disorders.

    This course also includes the application of mechanical principle to postural adjustments, the gait, to the use of prosthetic and orthotic devices, and to modification of home making activities necessitated by the limitation in neuromuscular capacity and skeletal structure.

  • Neurology

    At the core of this course is an introduction to the diseases and conditions affecting the nervous system specifically the brain, spinal cord and nerves, nervous system fluid and vascular system, and the myoneural junction. Neurology is predicted on the smooth synthesis of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology to understand how the nervous system functions and thus be able to appreciate the gamut of manifestations of neurologic disorders. Neurology also draws upon the following bodies of knowledge as prerequisites: musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, pathology and pharmacology.

    Common clinical neurological complaints are presented in order to familiarize students with the clinical process. This will lead the students to develop a logical order for diagnosis narrowed down to the most likely from a field of possibilities. Treatment focus will be on the cutting-edge medical, surgical and rehabilitative paradigms.

  • Pathology

    The subject provides background knowledge on general pathology, tissue/cellular reaction to inflammation and injury, degeneration, tissue repair and process of healing and immunity. It also provides background knowledge in the study of the relationship of host, environment and pathogen in health and disease.

    Since the high prevalence of unrecognized infection from patients, combined with the numerous opportunities for exposure to body fluids and airborne particles from sick individuals is very likely in a rehabilitation setting, this course, in turn, necessitates education in and strict adherence to disease control guidelines for isolation precautions and physical therapy infection control.

  • Seminar 1 - Integumentary, Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Conditions

    This course offers conferences/lectures provided by medical doctors and/or rehabilitation professionals specializing on integument, musculoskeletal, orthopedic physical therapy and sports rehabilitation.

    The scope of integument physical therapy includes clinical correlation and selected conditions of the integumentary system such as pressure ulcers, burns, dermatological diseases, wound care, general principles and management.

    The scope of musculoskeletal and orthopedic physical therapy includes the following: anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, musculoskeletal evaluation/assessment, clinical correlation and selected conditions. Diseases such as LBP and disorders of the lumbar spine, cervical radiculopathy, scoliosis, MPS/chronic pain, upper and lower limb musculoskeletal disorders, fractures, total and partial hip and knee replacement, general principles and management.

    This course also offers lectures/discussions on various sports-related injuries and its rehabilitation management.

  • Seminar 2 - Pediatric and Geriatric Physical Therapy

    This course offers conferences/lectures provided by medical doctors and/or rehabilitation professionals specializing on pediatric and geriatric physical therapy.

    The scope of pediatric physical therapy includes the following clinical correlation and selected conditions such as theories of motor control and motor learning, fetal sensorimotor development, pediatric evaluation/assessment, developmental sequence summary, preterm infant development; medical complications in prematurity, clinical correlations and overview of pediatric physical therapy intervention, pediatric nervous system condition includes cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia/spina bifida, brachial plexus injury, Down's syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.

    The scope of geriatric physical therapy includes the following: foundation of geriatric physical therapy, patient care concepts, physiologic changes and adaptation in the older adults, clinical correlations and pathological manifestation of aging, neurologic disorders and diseases, cognitive disorders, cardiopulmonary disease and disorders, skin condition and diseases, metabolic pathologies and common problems for geriatrics.

  • Seminar 3 - Neuromuscular Conditions in Physical Therapy

    This course offers conferences/lectures provided by medical doctors and/or rehabilitation professionals specializing on neurologic physical therapy.

    The scope of neuromuscular conditions include following clinical correlation and selected conditions of the neurological system, such as CVA, trauma to the brain and spinal cord, degenerative neurological disorders, vestibular disorders, cranial and peripheral nerve disorders, motor neuron disease, neuropathies and plexopathies, neurologic evaluation assessment, general principles and management.

    The scope of neuromuscular physical therapy include the following: anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, neurologic evaluation/assessment (this include patient history, assessment of level of consciousness, cognitive function, increase intracranial pressure, autonomic nervous system, functions, signs of hypersensitivity, perceptual dysfunction, review of diagnostic procedures and results), clinical correlations and neurological dysfunctions management.

  • Seminar 4 - Cardiopulmonary Conditions in Physical Therapy

    This subject offers conferences/lecture series provided by medical doctors and/or rehabilitation professionals specializing on cardiopulmonary physical therapy.

    The scope of cardiopulmonary physical therapy include but are not limited to the following clinical correlation and selected conditions of the cardiopulmonary system, such as acute myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, congestive heart failure; restrictive and obstructive lung diseases such as emphysema, pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma, and bronchiectasis; cardiopulmonary evaluation assessment, general principles and management. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation was inclusive of exercise tolerance, exercise prescription, phases of cardiac rehabilitation program and peripheral vascular management.

    Scope of cardiovascular physical therapy include but are not limited to the following - anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system, evaluation and/or assessment, pathophysiology, clinical correlation and physical therapy intervention, medical and surgical management, and intensive care management.

  • Psychology 2: Developmental Psychology

    This course offers a detailed discussion about the normal patterns of growth and development in terms of physical, mental, emotional and social development of the individual.

    Students will learn to evaluate major theories and methods of study in Developmental Psychology, as it represents in the variability of these patterns at different stages of growth.

    This course deals with the different stages of human growth and development starting from gametogenesis to old age and senescence. It encompasses development in the motor, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, speech and language areas which are presented in a life span approach.

    This course will also prepare its students to recognize the deviances in physical, emotional, cognitive and psychosocial development. It will also prepare the students to recognize and implement psychological concepts, theories and methodology in relation to functional and adaptive changes of the human body in reponse to the environment.

  • Psychosocial Aspects of Disability

    The course instructs the students on the understanding of the importance of physical ability in the engagement of occupation and its impact on psychosocial functioning and well-being. The course also deals with the psychosocial issues frequently encountered by a person who has a physical disability.

  • Histology (for CWT6)

    This course is designed as an introductory survey of the microscopic structure of major tissues and organs of the body. This course is specifically intended for physical therapy students.

    The goal of this course is to let the students understand the major features of the structural organization of the cells, tissues and organs. This course also lets the students understand how these organizations relate to the function of a particular tissue/organ.

    Histology provides an overview of cells and tissues related to the epithelium, bones and cartilage, muscles, cardiorespiratory and nervous system.

  • The Immune System: Its Implications to the Physical Therapist (NEW!)

    This course provides the implications of how the immune system can result into a localized or systemic infection or disease. The different types of immunity are also presented together with the immune responses which may or may not lead to the development of the disease of infection.

  • GENETICS in Physical and Occupational Therapy (NEW!)

    This course provides students in the physical and occupational therapy profession with the knowledge and understanding of the role genetics plays in health and diseases. Understanding such information provides PT and OT professionals means to integrate these basic knowledge into prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases especially encountered in their field, thus delivering the best possible healthcare to their patients and families.

    The course aims to reinforce the students’ knowledge on the basic principles of genetics and genomics and discuss new advances and how these advances may affect healthcare. The course material will address many of the core competencies identified by the Core Competency Working Group of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics.

  • Nutrition (NEW!)

    The course deals with how the living organism process food that is taken in and how it is utilized into nutrients to maintain the essential functions of life.

  • Plan of Care Implementation (NEW!) (for discharge or discontinuation)

    This course focuses on the physical therapist’s anticipated patient management after the evaluation and integration of data gathered within the context of other factors, including the overall health, social support system, living environment, and potential discharge destination. The course also presents to the students how to formulate interventions and goals in collaboration with the patient’s identified priorities, premised on the overall rehabilitation potential, coordination of care, supervision of support staff, outcome assessment, progression of care, and discharge.

  • Ergonomics at the Workplace (NEW!)

    This course presents an overview of the principles of ergonomics as well as the complex issues that interplay in the design and analysis of living and working environments. It also focuses on the most important parameter, the human being, when designing products, systems, and environments to make life easier, more comfortable and safer.

    Finally, this course is designed to educate the students on the essential elements of an ergonomics program to improve productivity, quality, and employee health and safety.

  • Exercise Science in PT (NEW!)

    The course introduces students to a dynamic and growing field which includes exercise physiology, exercise measurement and prescription, exercise training, and injury prevention. It also focuses on the biomechanics of sports in general and the assessment of care during a sports medical emergency.

    Finally, this course also covers exercises for special populations such as the elderly, pregnant women, children, and those with certain medical conditions.

  • Musculoskeletal System Evaluation

    The course has been designed to provide the students with the opportunities to develop, integrate, practice and apply knowledge and skills necessary for the evaluation of the Musculoskeletal System. The course aims to introduce the different examination procedures needed in conducting an evaluation. It will emphasize on the principles and different components of a musculoskeletal evaluation and teach the students to perform a proper and thorough systematic evaluation.

    The scope of the study include but are not limited to the following: principles, concepts and purpose of musculoskeletal system evaluation, the different evaluation procedures such as: patient history and interview, observation and inspection, palpation, anthropometric measurements, range of motion measurements, manual muscle testing, special tests, assessment of posture and assessment of gait. Evaluation of the common musculoskeletal disorders is also integrated in this course.


    • PTA 1: Practice Issues for the Physical Therapy Assistant (Role of PTA)

      This is a 2-unit course instructs the students on the role of the physical therapy assistant in various health care settings, the collaborative relationship between the physical therapy and the physical therapy assistant, patient communication elements, patient education topics, patient confidentiality, as well as safety fundamentals during interventions.

    • PTA 2: Essential Skills for the Physical Therapy Assistant

      This is a 3-unit course designed to provide guidelines and discussion for the Physical Therapy Assistant students in the areas of safety considerations for infection control, biofeedback, compression therapy, biomechanics, assessment of anthropometric characteristics, home management techniques and self care, and wheelchair management skills. the APTA guidelines on the duties of the PTA area also discussed.


      • Human Anatomy and Physiology

        This course is about the structure and functions of the orgrans and the organ systems of the human body.

        Human Anatomy and Physiology covers the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, hormonal and reproductive systems, thus stressing the interdependence of the different body structures to one another and the whole.

      • General Physiology (non-human)

        This course deals with the study of logic, nature, methods, concepts, and principles of Physiology with emphasis on the molecular, cellular, and organismic levels of organization of the plants and animals in a given ecosystem.

      • General Biology

        This course covers the understanding of the unity and diversity of life, the cells and its organizational structure, the functions of the component parts as they interact with the environment. The differentiation between a typical plant cell and animal cell are also discussed and the understanding of patterns of inheritance in plants and animals. It also gives an overview of human sex determination and the genetic code.

      • General Zoology

        The course provides information about the basic mechanisms of animal life. The lectures will focus on the human. In the laboratory, the preserved frog will be used for anatomical studies and the live from for physiological experiments.

      • Chemistry 1 - General/Inorganic Chemistry

        An introductory course in Chemistry with emphasis on Inorganic Chemistry, chemical substances and elements, formulas and equations, physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic theory and structure. The course also introduces the student to the scientific method in science to the basic principles of Chemistry and the application of these principles to man and society.

      • Chemistry 2 - Organic Chemistry

        This lecture - laboratory course deals with the nature of the carbon atom; nomenclature; and focuses on the composition, characteristics, and properties of the different classes of carbon-containing compound and their derivatives.

      • Physics 1: General Physics

        General Physics discusses concepts and applications on selected topics in kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, Newton's Law, work power, and energy. This subject covers the conceptual foundations of classical mechanics, the basic concepts of rectilinear motion, and dynamics. It also includes the physical laws and principles of Newtonian mechanics, like study of forces, matter, and energy principles. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course which involves experiments, the performance of exercises giving concrete and varied illustrations of the basic principles of physics.

      • Physics 2: Applied Heat, Electricity and Magnetism

        General Physics 2 covers study of the fundamental concepts of temperature, law of thermodynamics, Coulomb's Law, insulators, electric field, electric principles, electric current, resistance, electric energy, and circuits connections.

      • English 1: Basic Communication Skills

        This course focuses on the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in the language of physical therapy and occupational therapy. It gives a general view of the principles of grammar with emphasis on the parts of speech as basic elements of the English sentence structure. Technical jargons, particular to the field of physical therapy/occupational therapy, are acquired through contextual clues and structural analysis. It is the terminal aim of this course to equip the student therapist with a functional communication skill which he will extensively use in the future in expressing himself as a proficient communicator in the medical profession.

      • English 2: Writing and Composition

        This course focuses on the development of the macro-skills specifically the reading and writing skills which are indispensible in performing academic tasks in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and radiologic technology. It highlights the processes of organizing, composing, and revising compositions leading to the preparation of a research paper.

      • Educational Psychology

        This course is a study of the psychological theories and principles that deal with the dynamics, dimensions and elements of teaching & learning. It is concerned with how and why learning occurs by focusing on topics pertinent to: (1) the characteristics and development of learners; (2) the processes involved in different kinds of instruction and learning; and (3) the variables and conditions that affect and effect learning.

      • Health Economics

        This is a 3-unit one semester course that deals with the study of the principles and techniques of resource utilization for the production of goods and services affecting the health care industry.

      • Sociology and Anthropology

        Sociology with introduction to anthropology is a unique scientific discipline resulting from the integration and bonding of two interrelated studies. Subject matter is man and society is practically the same yet each utilizing the findings of the other to reinforce and strengthen each other’s respective point of view.

      • Math 1: College Algebra

        This course is designed to help students develop the skills and attitudes necessary in order to learn effectively higher mathematics courses. It also aims to enable the students appreciate the logical structure of mathematics and to stimulate them to think critically and analytically. Topics included are polynomials, algebraic fractions, linear equations, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations and functions, and systems of linear equations and second degree equations, inequalities.

      • Plane Trigonometry

        This is a 3-unit course that deals with the analysis of the different triangles with emphasis on the interrelationships of its sides and angles. It covers such topics as trigonometric functions, fundamental trigonometric identities, logarithms, solutions of right and oblique triangles and application of trigonometric functions. It also includes circular and inverse trigonometric functions.

      • College Calculus

        The course combines the differential and integral calculus into one subject for study. The first half of the course involves a study of limits and theorems on limits, differentiation principles and applications of derivatives. The other half deals with the concepts of integration, indefinite and definite integration, applications to plane areas and volume of solids.

      • Basic Statistics

        Principles and techniques of statistical analysis and their application collection of data; type of sampling; presentation of date in tables and charts; measures of central tendencies; dispersions, skewness and kurtosis; interpretation of sampling results; index number, analysis of time series for straight line trend using the lease square straight line methods and simple correlation.