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  • New Course for Internationally Educated PTs the Result of Collaborative Effort

    Internationally educated physical therapists (PTs) will soon be able to get up to speed on crucial areas of the US health care system, thanks to a collaborative effort to develop an online course that aims to smooth the transition into practice as a licensed PT in the US.

    APTA, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT), and APTA's Section on Health Policy and Administration (known as HPA: The Catalyst), recently announced that Duke University has been selected to develop, run, and administer an online course that covers the health care delivery system in the US. According to a news release from APTA and its project partners, the course is designed to help PTs educated and trained outside the US "overcome hurdles resulting from cultural differences and achieve a smoother and quicker transition" to stateside practice.

    The joint effort to establish the course began over a year ago, led by a multi-organization project team with members from each of the participating entities.

    Aspects of the American health care system that will be covered in the 10-module course will include the role of federal and state governments, Medicare and Medicaid basics, the private insurance system, proper use and supervision of support personnel, ethics and integrity in practice, cultural competence, billing, and direct access.

    The course will be made available online through Duke University. Participants will receive college credit for completing all 10 modules.

    Duke was selected from among 10 candidates that had submitted proposals.

    "This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when leading groups in health care collaborate to achieve a common goal," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, in the statement. "We are excited to get the ball rolling."


    • As a foreign trained therapist with 20 years of experience in the United States I can come up with some arguments as why some American therapists might very well benefit from taking that course as well!

      Posted by ineke groenwold on 8/6/2015 12:40 AM

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