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What is the Difference Between a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapist Assistant?

by Cindy Best, PTA

I would say the most obvious answer to this question is the education level between the two. The following is taken from the American Physical Therapy Association website:

All Physical Therapists must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. The majority of programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. The minimum educational requirement is a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited education program. While some programs offer a master's degree, a growing majority of programs offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Currently, 199 colleges and universities nationwide offer accredited professional physical therapist education programs; 92 percent offer the DPT, and the remaining programs are planning to convert.

The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Practice Act (practice act) addresses the qualifications for physical therapist (PT) licensure and physical therapist assistant (PTA) certification.

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Message from the Chair

by James L. Clahane, PT

As we move forward into a new decade many exciting changes and challenges lie ahead for the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy and its constituents. With our Physical Therapy Practice Act recently amended by Act 38, we now are working toward revising the board’s regulations. At its Nov. 19 meeting, the board approved for publication a revised draft of amendments to the regulations in order to implement Act 38. The proposed rulemaking will soon be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for public comment. 

The board has now officially moved away from paper newsletters. All newsletters will only be distributed by e-mail and are archived online.   Some notifications may still be mailed, but our goal is to move toward being completely paperless. With this in mind, we are now in the process of compiling e-mail addresses of all our constituents to allow us the ability to keep all persons informed of any updates that may occur in the future. E-mail addresses may be added or updated at www.mylicense.state.pa.us.
On Oct. 23, I attended the annual Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association meeting in Seven Springs. During the meeting I had the opportunity to answer questions and hear concerns from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Board members regarding the status of the proposed rules and regulations.  I was also given the opportunity to provide a brief presentation at the issues forum.  Following the presentation I was able to answer some questions from the constituents in attendance.
On a final note, I want to remind all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants that the 30-hour continuing education requirement is expected to start in the upcoming biennial renewal period (2011-12). 

I look forward to the coming year and would like to take this opportunity to invite all those who have an interest in the functions of the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy to attend one of the upcoming board meetings.  The dates, times and locations are posted on the website under the link for “Consumer Information.”

PA Board of Physical Therapy
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.1389 | ST-PHYSICAL@pa.gov
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