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The College of St. Scholastica

Are you a foreign-trained physical therapist/physiotherapist looking to learn more about the culture of the PT field in the United States? Learn as you work toward becoming a practicing physical therapist in the U.S.

St. Scholastica offers 100% asynchronous online courses designed to help you meet the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) competency requirements, allowing you to take the exam to practice in the United States. Pursuing the Non-Degree Bridge Program will allow you to resolve deficits between the requirements in your original program and U.S. standards. You will also be challenged in your area of clinical expertise and interest while being encouraged to interact and share your insights in a supportive, values-based Benedictine environment.

The Non-Degree Bridge Program provides flexibility for your busy schedule. We offer individualized learning paths that are structured to be supportive and flexible. Contact graduate admissions to determine which courses will help you achieve your goals.

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Degree Details


Tuition: $800/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2024-25 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2023-24 rates


Almost all textbooks are provided free online. The Differential Screening course textbook is the only exception.


Available Courses

PTH 8960 Examination and Evaluation for the International Therapist

Designed for the international physio- or physical therapist, a focus on the acquisition and application of fundamental examination, differential screening and consultation applications in physical therapy practice. Students apply their knowledge of tests and measures for the musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiopulmonary, integumentary and wellness in workplace systems. (3 credits; 15 weeks)

PTH 8965 Integumentary Evaluation, Management and Debridement for International Therapists

To introduce the management and assessment of clients with integumentary disorders. Factors affecting wound repair will be presented. Tests and measures to assess skin integrity and tools for managing integumentary disorders will be discussed. (1 credit; 8 weeks)

PTH 8970: Professional Topics for the Internationally Trained Physical Therapist

Intended for the internationally trained physical therapist to explore various professional topics within the Physical Therapy profession in the United States. It is designed to enhance clinical decision-making with regards to supervision of support staff, delegation, documentation, and discharge and discontinuation. (1 credit; 8 weeks)

All classes are delivered in English where proficiency in writing is required.

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Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.