Online Physical Therapy MS or BS

Discussion in 'Nursing and medical-related degrees' started by johnsonglen, Apr 26, 2001.

  1. johnsonglen

    johnsonglen New Member

    I would like to know if anyone is aware of online, short residency BS or MS in Physical Therapy.

    The only one I am aware of is University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA. However, could you practice PT in this country with a degree from another?

    Thank You
  2. Ike

    Ike New Member

    You may take a look at the physical therapy program being offered by University of St. Augustine in Florida. The school holds DETC accreditation and the URL of its homepage is .
    DETC accreditation is recognized by U.S department of education.

    Ike Okonkwo
  3. Dan Snelson

    Dan Snelson New Member

    Licensure qualifications are probably the most important aspect of a PT degree. Like law school if ya can't take the test...

    A BS degree at distance may not do much for you regarding licensure. If you are a already a licensed Physical therapist going for a master's the DL aspect will be much less an Item. There is a serious amount of practical experience that must be gained for Theraphy.

    This is a link to the California license requirements.

    Dan Snelson, CPO
    (Who works with Physical Therapists every day)
  4. johnsonglen

    johnsonglen New Member


    Do you know anything about the program in Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA?

    What hurdles do foreign trained PT's have to clear in order to practice their profession in this country?

    Thanks for all your assistance.

    Thanks also to IKE.

    Glen Johnson
  5. Dan Snelson

    Dan Snelson New Member

    Here is the information directly from the California Gov. web site, I would suggest you check the State you wish to practice in for their specific requirements.


    2650. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, each
    applicant for a license as a physical therapist shall be a graduate
    of a professional degree program of an accredited postsecondary
    institution or institutions approved by the board, and shall have
    completed a professional education including academic coursework and
    clinical internship in physical therapy.
    (b) As referenced in the evaluative criteria of the Commission on
    Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical
    Therapy Association, the curriculum shall consist of a combination of
    didactic, clinical, and research experiences in physical therapy
    using critical thinking and weighing of evidence, and shall include,
    at a minimum, all of the following:
    (1) The sciences basic to physical therapy including biomedical,
    physical, physiological, neurobiological, anatomical, social and
    behavioral sciences.
    (2) Clinical sciences including laboratory or other practical
    experiences involving quantitative and qualitative evaluation within
    the scope of physical therapy practice including kinesiology,
    neuroscience, pathology, human development, and gerontology.
    (3) Treatment that constitutes the practice of physical therapy.
    (4) Learning experiences provided in the areas of administration,
    education, and consultation.
    (5) Research methods including the review and critical analysis of
    research reports.
    (6) Ethical, legal, and economical concepts of physical therapy
    (c) Each applicant shall have at least 18 weeks of full-time
    clinical experience with a variety of patients.

    2650.1. During the period of clinical practice referred to in
    Section 2650 or in any similar period of observation or related
    educational experience involving recipients of physical therapy, a
    person so engaged shall be identified only as a "physical therapy
    student," or as a "physical therapy intern" as authorized by the
    board in its regulations.

    2650.2. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a
    regularly matriculated student undertaking a course of professional
    instruction in an approved physical therapist education program or a
    student enrolled in a program of supervised clinical training under
    the direction of an approved physical therapist education program
    pursuant to Section 2651, from performing physical therapy as a part
    of his or her course of study.

    2651. The board may approve only those physical therapist education
    programs that prove to the satisfaction of the board that they
    comply with the minimum physical therapy educational requirements set
    forth in this chapter and adopted by the board pursuant to this
    chapter. Physical therapist education programs that are accredited
    by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of
    the American Physical Therapy Association shall be deemed approved by
    the board unless the board determines otherwise.

    2652. All physical therapist education programs, whether situated
    in this state or not, furnishing courses of study meeting the
    standards required by Sections 2650 and 2651 and the regulations of
    the board adopted pursuant to this chapter shall be approved by the
    board and shall be entitled to compel this approval, if it is denied,
    by action in the Superior Court of the State of California, the
    procedure and power of the court in which action shall be the same as
    provided in Section 2087.

    2653. (a) An applicant for a license as a physical therapist who
    was issued a diploma by a physical therapist education program that
    is not an approved program and is not located in the United States
    shall meet all of the following requirements in order to be licensed
    as a physical therapist:
    (1) Furnish documentary evidence satisfactory to the board, that
    he or she has completed the equivalent professional degree to that
    issued by a United States accredited physical therapist education
    program in a physical therapist education program that entitles the
    applicant to practice as a physical therapist in the country where
    the diploma was issued. The physical therapy education received by
    the applicant shall meet the criteria set forth in subdivisions (b)
    and (c) of Section 2650. The board may require an applicant to
    submit documentation of his or her education to a credentials
    evaluation service for review and a report to the board.
    (2) Pass the written examination required by Section 2636. The
    requirements to pass the written examination shall not apply to an
    applicant who at the time of application has passed, to the
    satisfaction of the board, an examination for licensure in another
    state, district, or territory of the United States, that is, in the
    opinion of the board, comparable to the examination given in this
    (3) Complete a period of clinical service under the direct and
    immediate supervision of a physical therapist licensed by the board
    which does not exceed nine months in a location approved by the
    board, in a manner satisfactory to the board. The applicant shall
    have passed the written examination required in subdivision (b) prior
    to commencing the period of clinical service. The board shall
    require the supervising physical therapist to evaluate the applicant
    and report his or her findings to the board. The board may in its
    discretion waive all or part of the required clinical service
    pursuant to guidelines set forth in its regulations. During the
    period of clinical service until he or she is issued a license as a
    physical therapist by the board, the applicant shall be identified as
    a "physical therapist license applicant."
    (4) An applicant for licensure under this subdivision, whose
    application is based on a certificate issued by a physical therapist
    licensing authority of another state, may be required to pass an oral
    examination given by the board, and to file a statement of past work
    (b) Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the board
    from disapproving any foreign physical therapist education program or
    from denying the applicant if, in the opinion of the board, the
    instruction received by the applicant or the courses were not
    equivalent to that required by this chapter. If the applicant does
    not qualify to take the physical therapist examination, his or her
    education may be evaluated and the applicant may be eligible to take
    the physical therapist assistant examination.
  6. Ike

    Ike New Member

    The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) at University of St. Augustine is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), a recognized professional accreditation agency.
    The recognition of CAPTE by deparment of education may be confirmed by visiting

    Ike Okonkwo
  7. Ike

    Ike New Member

    Here's the link to CAPTE accreditation statement from St. Augustine University web site.

    Ike Okonkwo
  8. Dan Snelson

    Dan Snelson New Member

    Unfortunately, St. Augustine looks to be very un-distance and not on-line which does not seem to meet the nedds of the orginal poster.

    I think it is very difficult to do this type of degree at a distance, way too much practical work.

  9. Dan Snelson

    Dan Snelson New Member

    University of Melbourne looks like it is not distance either.

    Below in from their website on a BS degree:

    Physiotherapy subjects with practical components:
    In physiotherapy subjects that have practical components, theoretical considerations will be presented in lectures, seminars and tutorials and will normally precede practical classes. Practical classes will frequently include a demonstration and provide the opportunity to practice techniques.

    The Masters needs 2 years clinical experience to enter, (I did not look to see if it is a distance learnig program).

    I think distance Physical Theraphy is like distance MD.... not gonna fly

  10. johnsonglen

    johnsonglen New Member

    Thank you Dan and Ike!


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