FCCPT and NBCOT Letters

There have been a lot of discussions regarding denials of H-1B petitions by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Such denials are based on the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 Edition which states that:

Occupational Therapist
Individuals pursing a career as an occupational therapist usually need to earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university, which includes 6 months of supervised fieldwork.

Education and training. A master’s degree or higher in occupational therapy is the minimum requirement for entry into the field.

Physical Therapist
Individuals pursuing a career as a physical therapist usually need a master’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program and a State license, requiring passing scores on national and State examinations.

Education and training. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, there were 209 accredited physical therapist education programs in 2007. Of the accredited programs, 43 offered master’s degrees and 166 offered doctoral degrees. Only master’s degree and doctoral degree programs are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. In the future, a doctoral degree might be the required entry-level degree. Master’s degree programs typically last 2 years, and doctoral degree programs last 3 years.

The Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc (NBCOT) have written the following letters to USCIS. We hope this matter has been settled.

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3 thoughts on “FCCPT and NBCOT Letters”

  1. This is indeed very informative! I have once emailed FCCPT for this concern too. Nevertheless, those who are coming from Philippines for the first time will continue to have problems unless the PT schools will align there curriculum and credits to the new Coursework Tool (CWT) that FCCPT has been using since last year! But for those renewing/ extending their H1Bs, this letter from FCCPT will hopefully shed on the current awfully confusions going on!

  2. Hi Miss Leah!

    I’m re-posting this from the our batch e-group, ha? This is very informative.

    This is good news for us who are already here in the United States. However, this still does not address future batches and some of our classmates who are still in the Philippines since our educational curriculum is a
    baccalaureate degree in our home country. Any thoughts on this? Kumusta na man ang OT sa Velez? Bachelor’s pa ba gihapon ta? Why not build an international
    professional development ladder? Has anyone approached CHED on guidelines to convert this from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s degree?


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