We ask that physical therapists applying for VisaScreen® certification request their schools to send a syllabus or course description to CGFNS International in addition to an official transcript. 

What is the educational credentials evaluation process of physical therapists applying for VisaScreen®?

  • We compare the educational records that are provided by an applicant’s educational institutions to the current requirements for the first professional degree in physical therapy in the U.S.
  • We determine whether the applicant’s education is substantially equivalent to that of an accredited physical therapy degree program in the U.S.
  • Our evidence based approach uses the Coursework Evaluation Tool (CWT), established by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, or the CGFNS Education Comparability Tool (ECT). Both the Coursework Evaluation Tool  and the Education Comparability Tool have been validated against the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) criteria as valid and consistent tools for evaluating physical therapy education.
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CGFNS International appreciates the challenges and delays that some applicants are encountering and might continue to experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, effective immediately, the expiration dates for all applications received on or after June 1, 2019, set to expire before October, will be extended to October 1, 2020. We will review and revise this policy, if necessary, based upon the unfolding situation. We encourage everyone to stay safe and want our applicants to take comfort in knowing CGFNS will remain sensitive to the global challenges and adapt policies accordingly.
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