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24/07/2010: Philippine Embassy Seeks Deferment of FSBPT Moratorium

The Embassy of the Philippines has urged the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to defer the implementation of its recent decision to suspend the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) testing for all graduates of schools from the Philippines pending further discussion of the matter.  It is hoped that the deferment would allow graduates, particularly those who are already in the U.S., to take the NPTE test.

In response to alleged security breaches by graduates of physical therapy schools in the Philippines, Egypt, India and Pakistan, the FSBPT has barred graduates from schools in these countries from taking the NPTE until the development of a separate, secure exam for those graduates (to be called the NPTE-YRLY), which is expected to be launched in the fall of 2011.  In the case of the Philippines, however, there was only one review center, out of the many review centers and prestigious Philippine colleges and universities that have their own review facilities, which has been identified as being involved in the issue.

In a letter addressed to FSBPT CEO Willian Hatherill, Philippine Ambassador to the US Willy Gaa expressed concern over the impact of the suspension on the Filipino physical therapy graduates due to take the NPTE.  Ambassador Gaa lamented that the decision could adversely affect the careers and employment opportunities of physical therapy graduates from the Philippines.  He pointed out the benefits that the American population has been deriving from the investment by the Philippines’ educational and training institutions in preparing healthcare practitioners for their jobs.

The Philippine Ambassador has requested a meeting with FSBPT officials to address the issue fairly.