pt bridge

Physical Therapy: Bridge to Credentialing

Leader in Physical Therapy
The University of Michigan-Flint has a rich history of preparing leaders in the Physical Therapy field. For nearly 40 years the campus has been offering PT degrees. We’ve evolved with the industry requirements; from bachelor’s to master’s to the current Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), our PT programs have always been at the forefront of educational standards. And now, the PhD in Physical Therapy adds to the U-M alumni population.

Our PT leadership continues with the Physical Therapy Bridge to Credentialing program. It is designed for learners who have a physical therapy degree but lack the requirements to obtain PT licensure in the United States, thus helping students fill their Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) deficiencies. Students admitted to this program can take graduate courses without being formally admitted to a UM-Flint degree or certificate program.

Program Audience

  • Internationally trained and educated physical therapists either licensed to practice or educated to practice physical therapy
  • Learners can live anywhere in the world and complete physical therapy courses

Convenient Format
The PT Bridge program is available 100% online, thus allowing learners from around the globe access to the program.

*Completion of course work in this 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 upon the review and apply for a re-evaluation.

Research
The faculty of the College of Health Sciences is deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter and allow faculty to engage with students, colleagues, the community, and industry on many projects. Check out some of the current research activities taking place in CHS here.

PT Bridge to Credentialing Program Details

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

*Completion of course work in this 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 upon the review and apply for a re-evaluation. 

Applying
Students eligible for this program are considered Lifelong Learning students and should fill out an Application for Physical Therapy Bridge to U.S. Credentialing Program (not the regular Lifelong Learning/Guest application). Also required:

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

*Completion of course work in this 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 upon the review and apply for a re-evaluation.