APTA Responds to TIME.com on PT Degrees

July 16, 2009

Dear Editor:

In "10 Jobs for the Recession" by Dan Kadlec, the article incorrectly states that the educational requirements for becoming a physical therapist are a 2-year degree and state certification.

Physical therapists (PTs) are required to receive a graduate degree - either a master's degree (MPT/MSPT) or a clinical doctorate - from an accredited professional physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that when passed allows them to practice.

The clinical doctorate currently is not a requirement, although the majority of physical therapists are now graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states.

Your readers can learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in their area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

Yours sincerely,

Emilio J. Rouco
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
American Physical Therapy Association

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