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More needs to be done to care for the physical therapy workforce.

Physical therapy is recognized as an essential health care service, yet PTs and PTAs are often excluded from state and federal programs that would incentivize individuals from pursuing careers in the field through student loan debt relief or assistance in defraying the cost of education.

Why It Matters

The need for care from PTs and PTAs is rising, but education costs are high. To expand the physical therapy workforce to meet this need, more needs to be done to relieve the financial pressures faced by the profession.

Our Position

APTA supports legislation that allows PTs and PTAs to access federal student loan debt repayment programs and other incentives to pursue a career in physical therapy.


APTA is supporting two important initiatives that could significantly impact the physical therapy workforce.

The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2023 (H.R. 4829) introduced in the House of Representatives, would allow physical therapists to participate in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, helping to ensure that individuals in medically underserved areas have access to needed physical therapy care.

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