(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
State licensing exams for people in the paramedical professions will now be
offered in English, as well as the existing Hebrew and Arabic.
approved on Tuesday by the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health
The change is relevant to exams for physiotherapists, clinical
communications specialists (hearing and speech), occupational therapists and
Licensing exams for doctors have long been available
in English, while those for nurses have been produced in English, Spanish and
some other languages some years ago, after the Health Ministry was persuaded
that it was necessary for new immigrants, but also have to have a satisfactory
level of Hebrew-language competency.
Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov
Litzman asked the chairman of the committee, MK Haim Katz, to approve the
regulations for paramedical professionals to ease the process of licensing for
After the vote approving the regulations, representatives
of the voluntary North American aliya organization Nefesh Be’Nefesh asked Katz
to add more optional languages for state licensing exams. The chairman said he
was willing to do so.