Foreign Educated Physical Therapy Course (FEPT-C)

Next Course begins: May 18, 2020
Course ends: July 26, 2020
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
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Healthcare Policy, Practice, and Regulation in the United States
Duke University

The main objective of this online course is to provide foundational knowledge of the complexities and nuances of physical therapy policy, practice and regulation in the United States that are critical to moving towards licensure and then practice. The goal of this 10-week online course is to provide internationally educated physical therapists with an overview of the health care system across the United States, and the culture and context in which physical therapy is practiced. It is assumed that participants in this online course are individuals who are seeking to establish physical therapy educational equivalency in the United States, and who subsequently are planning to sit for the National Physical Therapy licensure exam. 

In this course, learners will be exposed to a diverse range of topics including; cultural competence, the role of the federal and provincial governments, acts and regulations guiding PT practice and client-centered care in a variety of PT roles and settings. Successful participants will earn 2.0 Duke University credits.


This online course takes place over a 10-week period and is facilitated by instructors who are experienced in online learning and health care professional practice in the United States. A different topic is covered during each week, and participants are required to complete the weekly readings, watch videos and participate on a discussion forum with the other members of their class. Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 5-10 hours a week on the course.


The course consists of 10 individual but linked sessions:

  • Federal and State Governments Roles in Health Care
  • Administrative Models of Care
  • Use and Supervision of Support Staff
  • Determinants of Health Promotion, Wellness and Prevention
  • Cultural Competencies
  • Client Centered Care Models
  • Ethics in the Profession of physical therapy
  • Direct Access
  • Transition to the Workplace
  • Online evaluation, Reflection, and Feedback


This course is open to internationally educated physical therapists that meet the English Language requirements below. Proof of graduation from a physical therapy education program, and/or licensure if applicable, is a requirement to participate in this course. Participants will also need to ensure that they will have full access to a laptop or desktop computer during the course (using a phone or tablet is not sufficient), and full 24/7 access to high speed internet.

Language Requirements
English proficiency is an absolute minimum standard, and is critical for success in this course and for practice as a physical therapist across the United States. While are no specific requirements for English language proficiency to participate in this course (i.e. TOEFL), however it is expected that all applicants will be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking in the English language. There will not be any special provisions given to participants who fail to keep pace with the course, or with their fellow participants, because of English language difficulties. All participants are expected to self-assess their competency in English prior to beginning this course.

Features of this online course 

  • The course runs over a 10-week period.
  • Participants will use CANVAS as the learning platform.
  • Participants will be able to learn at their own pace, at the time of day that suits them during the week.


  • Administration fee: $50 USD (non-refundable)
    • When your application has been processed you will receive an email from the Duke DPT Admissions Office with instructions on how to pay the administration fee.
  • Course fee: $750 USD
  • Total fees for course: $800 USD

Withdrawal Policy

A course may be dropped at the student’s discretion during the first week of class; no grade is recorded and all tuition is refunded. If a course is dropped after the first week of class, no tuition is refunded and the status of the student at the time of withdrawal is indicated on the permanent record as WP (Withdrew Passing) or WF (Withdrew Failing).


Next Course begins: May 18, 2020
Course ends: July 26, 2020
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Click here to apply.