Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
Due to the recent mandate by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on requirements for foreign-trained physical therapists, the University of Indianapolis will not offer the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the 2017-2018 school year.
Over the past several months, the administration in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy has had significant conversations with our legal counsel, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) trying to find a solution to this situation. Unfortunately for UIndy, the students, and all other physical therapy programs in the U.S., a solution has not yet been found.
UIndy has a long history of providing cohorts of foreign-trained physical therapists with advanced training. Many of these individuals have then pursued licensure and chosen to practice in the U.S., while others have returned to their home country. These students have provided rich cultural experiences for our faculty and staff. We regret we will not be able to welcome a new cohort in the coming school year.
The changes to the Health Care Worker Certification were delivered too late for academic institutions to make necessary changes to their existing programs in a manner that would comply with the mandate and offer a quality educational experience to students.
At issue is the total number of educational hours provided in foreign physical therapy curricula. There is currently an insurmountable gap between the number of hours the USCIS requires for issuing a work visa and the number of hours of physical therapy education provided in foreign PT programs. While the USCIS mandate only pertains to the education required for individuals to obtain a work visa and does not raise the educational standards for licensure, UIndy has determined there is a limited market for a degree that does not lead to an option for the longer term work visa.
UIndy's professional DPT program is a cohort-based program designed to provide initial preparation of individuals to become physical therapists. At this time the program isn't designed or accredited to serve the needs of individuals already trained as physical therapists seeking advanced training.
If you have already applied or have an application in progress, we will keep your information and materials on file and will provide updates as to how we will move forward beyond 2017-2018.