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Old Aug 24th 2013, 12:29 pm   #1
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my wife is American but studied Physiotherapy in the UK how available are physical therapy jobs in the US? are they in demand? and where in the country?

and will they be in demand about 7-10 years from now?


and how much?

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As a medical related discipline, there is demand everywhere medical services are provided in approximate proportion to the population, however the main problem your wife faces is that the licenses to practice are issued at a state level, and her British qualifications are likely worthless. At best she may be able to take some additional training and take some sort of conversion exams, at worst she might have to take a whole degree program to be able to get a license to practice.

It is about impossible to say what the situation will be in 7-10 years, and her guess would probably be as good as anyone else's!
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I'm an occupational therapist from the UK, qualified in 2003 with a BSc, worked in NHS and private practice until we moved to CA in 2012.

I applied for a license here but the qualification requirement for OT's is an MSc. For physical therapists, I believe it is a PhD. Work experience doesn't count unfortunately.

I start Uni next month...
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I'm an occupational therapist from the UK, qualified in 2003 with a BSc, worked in NHS and private practice until we moved to CA in 2012.

I applied for a license here but the qualification requirement for OT's is an MSc. For physical therapists, I believe it is a PhD. Work experience doesn't count unfortunately.

I start Uni next month...
interesting, my wife has a masters degree, are you sure she would require a phd? and do different US states have different license requirements?
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my wife is American but studied Physiotherapy in the UK how available are physical therapy jobs in the US? are they in demand? and where in the country?

and will they be in demand about 7-10 years from now?


and how much?

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she might like to look at this site.

http://www.fccpt.org/Jurisdictions/WhereDoIStart/
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interesting, my wife has a masters degree, are you sure she would require a phd? and do different US states have different license requirements?
Yes, different states have different requirements.

Cousin of the missus just qualified up in Maine and had to get a doctorate in it to do so.
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Yes, different states have different requirements.

Cousin of the missus just qualified up in Maine and had to get a doctorate in it to do so.
so no state will allow her to have a licence with just a masters? no matter what?
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so no state will allow her to have a licence with just a masters? no matter what?
All that has been said is that CA and ME require a doctorate, the others we don't know about, because as Bob said, every state sets their own requirements.

Try taking a look here for the NC requirements. I took a quick look myself, including looking at the foreign educated requirements, and I don't see a requirement for having a PhD.

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Try looking into what Oklahoma requirements are; that's where you said you'd like to live, in your past posts.

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If you are in the UK, your wife's best chance at employment would be through an agency. Many foreign therapists practice throughout the USA with sponsorships through various US agencies. Also, for someone entering into PT education, a PHD is the entry level degree throughout the USA, unless they are seeking training at the assistant level (PTA) which is a AAS degree. However, a PT that has a BS &/or a MS is absolutely employable. PT is considered a pretty secure career, albeit mostly dependent on reimbursement for services (insurance companies) and it's also facing encroachment by other disciplines. To the best of my knowledge PTs have two disciplines encroaching; Athletic Trainers and Massage Therapists. Like OPs have pointed out though, employability will vary from state to state, and sponsorship will depend on supply & demand in any given state/city. Try these websites for further info: APTA (American Physical Therapy Association), Advance for PT (a professional magazine for PTs with job opportunities/foreign therapist info). Good luck!
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Each state have practice acts which define the qualifications needed to obtain a license to practice in that state. It is my understanding that foreign educated health care providers are evaluated on a case by case basis to determine what if any additional classes, supervised practice or exam may be needed prior to obtaining a license to practice. The requirement for a doctoral degree is relatively new, and is the Doctor of Physical Therapy or DPT, a professional doctorate, and very different from the research/academic PhD. This web site may help
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Yes, DPT - not PHD. Excuse my error.
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Like I said, each state has their own requirements.

You'd need to look each state up.

I told you about one, Maine. I'm pretty sure MA is the same, but I'm not 100%. I'm sure you could google the states that you are interested in living in to find out what they require just as easily as any of could.
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My understanding is that all entry level physical therapy degree programs are moving from masters to doctorate over a period of years, so eventually it will be statewide. There was a grace period for occupational therapists applying for a license when they did the same transition between BSc and MSc (which unfortunately I didn't know about as we moved here on 8 weeks notice). So there is nothing to stop your wife applying for a license before you move, and before the requirement changes, on the basis of her MSc. I would have done this in 2011 had I known we were coming in 2012.

For OT, there was a $1000 application fee for them to assess the foreign qualification (in many cases UK degrees, particularly bachelors, are not viewed as equivalent to US) and then there was an exam. I applied anyway, without a masters, and tried (unsuccessfully) to argue that 9.5 years of clinical experience was equivalent to an MSc.

The national body for OT was NBCOT, and they have a great website with lots of information for internationally educated therapists. APTA I think is the PT version.

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They are and will be in demand but without significant retraining your wife would find it next to impossible to get a physical therapist job in the US. In any state as far as I'm aware.
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