I'm currently student at AL. And I will go to Australian University to study PT because of tuition and term. However, I would like to come back US and work here. So will I be able to get job at the US even i will graduate foreign country's graduate school? or should I graduate US' graduate school? even if I will not be able to get PT job here, it is ok. I want to work as caring athlete so....... are there any jobs beside AT and PT(just in case) related to health care?
Post by Anne Benjaminse, MS, PT on Feb 8, 2008 6:00:41 GMT -6
Hello, I can tell you something about the PT part. If you graduate in Australia as a PT, you will be able to work as a PT here after your Australian PT license is approved by a credentialing agency. You have to get your PT certificate/license reviewed by a PT licensing board of the specific state where you would like to work as a PT, ie. "application for credentialing". This means that you have to provide the specific board with all your paperwork from your graduate school in Australia in detail: you have to show them how many credits you got in each specific area of PT education. For example: cardiovascular system, biomechanics, neurodevelopment, history taking, geriatrics, PT for children, inflammation response and repair, musculoskeletal system, evaluation and diagnosis, sports medicine, modalities, etc. In addition to your PT credits, they ask for your general education. Each state has slightly different requirements. I don't want to frighten you off, but be prepared that this will be a lengthy (and costly, you have to pay the agencies for reviewing your paperwork) process. As a Dutch PT, I had to go through the process and the credentialing agencies are VERY strict, which means that you might have to take some exams here in the US to fulfill their requirements. Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask any further questions. Anne Benjaminse.
Hi Anne. I appriciate for quick replying. Well, I want to work at big hospital such as where ASMI is located and I think the hospital is so amazing. Well, I expected working at different country is difficult. It is same at Japan. Even if I graduate at Australia and go back to Japan, I will have to take national test for licence so..... Oh, and university which i will apply offer almost all fields but I am not sure about "inflamation" so I will ask department of PT of that university.
Anne, Well, first of all, studying at Australia PT is cheaper than studying at US. I looked one school in ALabama, and it is really expensive, and it is 3 years program though. On the other side, most Australian universities offer mostly 2years - 2and half years program. So it is more economical for me.
Let me ask question. What is the advantages studying PT in the US? Ryosuke
Post by Anne Benjaminse, MS, PT on Feb 21, 2008 11:00:26 GMT -6
Well, if you would like to work in the US anyways, then studying in the US might save you a lot of trouble and work (and therefore time) in terms of getting your license. Having agencies look at your paperwork and maybe taking extra exams to fulfil their requirements is also expensive (an crendentialing agency can ask $300-500 for only reviewing your paperwork). So, you will maybe be done earlier, but you're not able to work in the US after your graduation, because you have to take care of your license (which will take more time when graduating in Australia compared to graduating in the US). So timewise, you might end up spending the same amount of time to get it all worked out. However, I agree that studying in the US, especially as an international student, is really expensive. Assistantships might be an option, but those are rare in PT education. So, if going to Australia ends up being cheaper, then that is a big advantage. Anne
Well, one australian university offeres for international students costing 8,300 AUS$ per semester (which is really cheap for international students as graduate school). Addiontally, if I appply for the US PT school, I will have to take 2more physics courses and 1 more chemistry class which means I will have to take 1 or 2 more semester to graduate the US university. there might be some schools which I won't have to take those science classes, but I have not found such a school which I don't have to take. I can't comapre which contry's program is better, but Australian university sonds better for me now
I will send you message if when I have some questions. Is that ok for you?
Post by Anne Benjaminse, MS, PT on Mar 2, 2008 9:42:25 GMT -6
Yes, of course. And I think that you are doing a pretty good job with comparing the different options. Just compare all the pros and cons and then go with what you think works best for you. Good luck, Anne.