*Pending approval from USCIS/DHS*
The course evaluation tool for health care worker certification (CET-HCW) is for individuals who require Health Care Worker Certification from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work as a licensed physical therapist in the United States. This is also known as “Type 1” and “VisaScreen” from other certifying organizations.
In order to be issued a Health Care Worker Certificate, you must have:
- A minimum of 210 semester credits.
- Equivalency on the CET-HCW.
- A first-professional bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
- A master’s degree or higher in any subject (including physical therapy).
- Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL iBT score of 63 or higher combined reading, listening, and writing; score of 26 or higher in speaking).
APPLYING FOR A CET-HCW
You should apply for a CET-HCW if:
- You require a Health Care Work Certificate for immigration purposes.
- If you are a foreign-trained physical therapist attempting to come to the U.S. to obtain licensure.
- If the state jurisdiction requires a CET-HCW.
Note: FACTS provides CET-HCW (also known as Type 1 and VisaScreen from other agencies) for immigration purposes only, and not for licensure only purposes.
Academic institutions should complete the appropriate section of the Academic Credentials Verification Request form (F3).
Please submit official transcripts with detailed course syllabi or full course descriptions, clinical hours.
Certified electronic transcripts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (approved U.S. institutions only).
POLICIES, RULES, & REGULATIONS
FACTS will not discriminate among applicants as to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, or martial status. Please see statement found in evaluation procedures and on renewal certification processes.