Online Physical Therapy Bridge Program

Prepare Foreign PTs for US Credentialing

Are you an internationally trained physical therapist looking to fulfill academic deficiencies? If so, the University of Michigan-Flint’s online PT Bridge to Credentialing program is designed for you!

The PT Bridge program helps fill your Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) deficiencies by taking graduate-level physical therapy courses without being formally admitted to a UM-Flint degree or certificate program. With our world-class PT education, you can pursue your dream with confidence.

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Why Choose the PT Bridge Program at UM-Flint?

Top-Notch Physical Therapy Education

The University of Michigan-Flint has a rich history of fostering leaders in the Physical Therapy field. For nearly 40 years the campus has been offering first-class PT degrees.

From Doctor of Physical Therapy to PhD in Physical Therapy, our PT programs have always been at the forefront of educational standards. Enrolling in the bridge program, you also can expect the same academic rigor as our other PT programs.

Convenient Online Format

The PT Bridge program is available 100% online, allowing you to complete your courses from anywhere in the world. To ensure an engaging and effective online learning environment, UM-Flint’s Office of Online & Digital Education offers a seven-day-a-week help desk and many other resources for online learners.

Bridge Courses for Foreign-Trained Physical Therapists

The PT Bridge to Credentialing online program is flexible, allowing you to create a personalized learning plan based on the courses you need to fill your FCCPT deficiencies. Our program offers over 45 courses for you to choose from in the following areas:

  • Medical Science
  • Examination
  • Evaluation
  • Plan of Care Implementation
  • Related Professional Coursework

Learn more about the course options and availability.

Career Opportunities

The demand for competent physical therapists is increasing in the US. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the employment of physical therapists to grow 17% from 2021 to 2031. The median salary for PTs is $95,620 per year.

Please note that the completion of coursework in this PT bridge program does NOT confirm eligibility to sit for licensure in the US. The decision to grant a license is at the discretion of the jurisdiction. The FCCPT evaluation report is an advisory report only, indicating the deficiencies in the educational comparison. You may choose to supplement the educational documents based on the review and apply for a re-evaluation.

$95,620 median annual wage for physical therapists

Admission Requirements

  • Physical therapy degree or foreign equivalent of a four-year degree
  • Licensed in home country if home country offers licensure possibility
  • Access to a patient population and must be able to practice with that patient population in the country of your degree

How to Apply to the PT Bridge Program

If you plan to apply, please fill out an Application for Physical Therapy Bridge to US Credentialing Program (not the regular Lifelong Learning/Guest application). You also need to submit the following materials:

The Physical Therapy Department will be provided with your application materials and make a decision on your admission.

Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: August 1
  • Winter semester: December 1
  • Spring semester: April 1

Learn More about the PT Bridge to Credentialing Program

The University of Michigan-Flint’s PT Bridge to Credentialing program can support your ambition by helping you fill the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) deficiencies. Better yet, the program is offered 100% online!

Request information to learn more about the PT Bridge program, or start your application today!