Physical therapy graduates barred from taking US exams

Filipinos have been temporarily disallowed from taking the licensure examination for physical therapist in the US following reports of cheating by a local review center. In an exclusive report by GMA News’ Tina Panganiban-Perez on “24 Oras,” the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy (BPOT) said the temporary suspension was imposed on physical therapy graduates from the Philippines, Egypt, India and Pakistan.

In a statement on its web site, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) said it suspended the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) testing for physical therapy graduates from the four countries due to “pervasive, ongoing security breaches.” The FSBPT said it is preparing a “separate, secure exam” for the graduates, expected to be completed in 2011.

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September 1, 2010 at 6:11 am

This recent suspension on Filipino PTs from taking the NPTE has truly taken a toll for those aspiring to work in the US. Just when the Philippine physical therapy enrollment is about to increase, this happens. Hopefully this will be resolved soon for the benefit of Filipino PTs and those included in the suspension.

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