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Physical therapy BA degree in Poland - how schooling here transfers over to the United States?


Anna81 2 | 3
25 Mar 2015 #1
Hello,

I am considering attending a physical therapy school in Poland which is three years long. I don't want to attend if it will not allow me to work in the USA. I have tried contacting the physical therapy board of California a few times, but they never replied back to me.

Has anyone heard of how schooling here in Poland transfers over to the States? I know that many international students come to the medical universities and study here to become doctors, but the students are usually not from the US (Europe/Middle East).

Any info on any physical therapy school in Poland would be helpful. thanks.
Looker - | 1,075
25 Mar 2015 #2
Has anyone heard of how schooling here in Poland transfers over to the States?

Maybe this link will be helpful for you?

How does the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy determine educational equivalence? What tool will the FCCPT use for my review?
The FCCPT uses the CWT 5 developed by the FSBPT for all reviews, as the federal requirement for USCIS purposes (Type I) is to meet current educational standards. Then, if a jurisdiction accepts a tool based upon year of graduation we will do a second review specifically for the state. The applicant will get two reports. To determine if the state you are applying to accepts the tool based upon year of graduation go to fsbpt.org and select "Licensure Reference Guide" from the "Top Resources" listed at the bottom of the home page.

fccpt.org/generalinformation/faqs/index.asp

Any info on any physical therapy school in Poland would be helpful.

Well, there's couple of physical therapy schools in Poland, but mostly in Polish language. However the Vincent Pol University in Lublin provide study in English, you can obtain Bachelor's or Master's degree in Physiotherapy over there.

wssp.edu.pl/?module=Default&action=ContentController&sectionId=590&parentId=81
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #3
I am considering attending a physical therapy school in Poland which is three years long.

Why physical therapy? The job prospects are rather unspectacular, the wages, too, and the work that you, as a foreigner, will end up with will 95 out of 100 be in geriatric care, which is not particularly exciting or rewarding unless you are one of the few who have a true vocation in that direction .

Why not a much better paid allied medical career with much better job prospects like nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner? This is time to be thinking more deeply about this in terms of future earnings and making wise decisions based on sound financial planning.

California

California is an extremely demanding state when it comes to medical credentials. It's hard enough to get credentials from other states in the US recognized in California, never mind from abroad. If California is your goal, study in California, or you just might find that you have to do everything all over again from day one. This is exactly what happened to a medical technologist I know who wanted to work in California (born and trained in the US).

On the flip side, wages for allied medical fields are higher in California than in the rest of the US. Double or more than what you would get in Texas, Florida or the South. So studying in California would pay off.
befranklin 1 | 41
25 Mar 2015 #4
On the flip side, wages for allied medical fields are higher in California than in the rest of the US. Double or more than what you would get in Texas, Florida or the South. So studying in California would pay off.

Anna81, I would agree with this whole-heartily but what you have to remember is that living in California, especially southern California, the cost of housing is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. DominicB. is correct if a persons chooses to be in a specialized field that requires a license it would be best to get it through school in California. California does not have reciprocity as other states do and rely on their own system, especially in the health care industry.
DominicB - | 2,709
25 Mar 2015 #5
the cost of housing is one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S.

That is true, particularly in areas where people want to live, that is, west of I-5. I was shocked when I moved there. East of I-5, though, prices are much lower. Poway, Ramona or Escondido are a lot cheaper than La Jolla or Solana Beach. Traffic $ucks big time, though, so it may be worth living in a costlier neighborhood than dealing with a harrowing commute.

On the flip side, I received a job offer from remotely rural Texas recently. Abysmally low pay, as expected, but figures on cost of living, including housing, were much higher than I expected. Basically the same as here in Chicago Lakeside.

Back to the topic please
OP Anna81 2 | 3
26 Mar 2015 #6
I speak Polish fluently, but not native, so I could go to a Polish language program.

I know, CA is so difficult as far as degree requirements go! But to start and finish a Physical Therapy program, such as one in USC or UCSF it would take me at least 6 years to finish because of the prerequisite courses, long wait lists, and internships. That is why I would rather do it in Poland in three years.

What about Hawaii? Anyone know how difficult it is to transfer a foreign degree there?

Thank you for the quick responses! Dzienki! Mahalo!
katampho - | 1
3 Apr 2015 #7
Merged: BA degree in Poland

Hello guys, do you think is it possible to get your master's degree in the US if you have a Polish BA degree ? Is Polish BA acceptable in the other countries ? Can anyone studying abroad help me with that ? or you guys can share what you know even though you're studying in Poland.
Khader - | 1
17 Apr 2017 #8
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physical therapy traineeship in poland



hello i am a student from turkey .i have sent too many letters to universities in Poland to apply for trainee-ship this summer but i did not receive anything from them , so i would be grateful if anyone can help me about this issue and what i suppose to do . thanks
Nathans
21 Apr 2017 #9
Did you translate the letters into Polish? If not, it's unlikely to receive a (quick) reply or a reply at all..
Margarett
23 Sep 2020 #10
If you graduate from PT program, you would have to apply with whatever state Board of Physical Therapy to be able to sit for the board exam. They will evaluate your transcript and decide whether you are eligible. IF you pass board exam you will be able to work ONLY in this particular state. Btw PT programs in States prepare students to pass this exam. Polish PT programs are designed completely different. And btw as per APTA 2020 vision all new PT grads have to have clinical doctorate. And California is very strict and specific with their laws and regulations. I

Would contact them first. Good luck.


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