- Foreign Credential Evaluation Updates-- It's complete!
- April 12th, 2013
Hi all! Sorry in advance for the long post, I just wanted to be very detailed! I posted a few months back about returning to the US from doing my grad degree in Australia to seek out any advice! I just wanted to provide an update of the process that I went through so that if anyone else needs to go through the same thing they won't as confused as I was!
Once I got my official transcript from Australia, I sent it to a foreign credential evaluation agency (there's a whole bunch listed on the ASHA website) who translated the degree and the courses to American credits. I used A2Z Evaluations (highly highly highly recommend! such a wonderful and informative gentleman runs the company) who sent me, ASHA and the Texas licensing board an official copy of the letter for their reference. This usually takes about 2-3 weeks, but I paid for rush service and it was finished in 3 days. The evaluation was just a tad under $200.
As soon as I received the letter, I sent through my official graduate and undergraduate transcript and my ASHA application (and ASHA fees) for their evaluation to ensure that my coursework and practicum experience matched with ASHA requirements. I heard back 4 weeks later with a letter in the mail stating that I could start my CFY! Throughout this waiting period, I was able to get in contact with the evaluator at ASHA and she was super informative and really easy to reach (surprisingly?). They definitely check to ensure that you have all of the required coursework, but will count undergraduate courses as part of it. I was lucky enough to take a Language and the Brain course in undergrad that counted for one of the science requirements (I'm not sure which one) that covered a gap in my grad courses.
Once I got that approval from ASHA, I started the job search (or really spent some long hours calling, emailing, etc.) in order to find a supervisor so that I could send in the paperwork for the Texas SLP-Intern License (what you hold during your CFY). I was lucky enough to find a fantastic position in a SNF with great supervision and seemingly great support, got the required signatures on forms, completed fingerprinting, etc. and sent it all in to Texas License department and got verification online that the license had been approved 4 days after I sent everything in (talk about efficiency!!).
Overall, it took me 3 months to get everything sorted and start working once I started the chain of events.
To sum up, it's definitely do-able to study overseas, although there is a lot more paperwork coming back to start a CFY here in the US. License requirements will vary from state to state, but everywhere that I've looked has very clear guidelines for international applicants. I've also made a bunch of phone calls and have found everyone I have spoken to very helpful.
I'm happy to answer any questions that anyone might have about studying overseas, getting jobs abroad (well as much information as I have about it), or the process once you get back, but I just wanted to give an update that everything has sorted itself out!