Joined: March 17, 2005
Hi. Im new to this forum. Im an MD/DC. I dont really get to keep to current on trends in education for other providers so I was hoping for a little help. What is the difference between a DPT and a PT? I understand the title but I dont understand the benefit. I know DPT requires more education, but what is added that a PT doesnt get in school. What about scope of practice, fee schedule, etc? Please take this seriously. I really would like to understand. My wife works in PT mngt and she is having trouble understanding too.
Although there are only 58 accredited professional (entry-level) DPT programs, the length of the majority of these programs has been extended beyond the traditional two-year masters program. Based on a recent informal survey, accredited and transitioning DPT programs have augmented the breadth and depth of content in a typical two- or three-year professional (entry-level) MPT program. The specific augmented content areas include, among others, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, radiology/imaging, health care management, prevention/wellness/health promotion, histology, and pathology. In addition, the final or culminating clinical education experience is typically extended beyond the average of 15 weeks; some are 1 year in length.
*** My thoughts on the matter:
Scope of practice and fee schedule are not changed by masters v. doctorate educated PT. If this were to happen, it would create havoc within the profession, as well as not reward well-seasoned PTs who have contributed greatly to the profession, but elected to not return to school. I believe the DPT degree encourages global advancement of the profession, both as clinicians and as researchers, which will someday hopefully benefit everyone in terms of scope and pay for valued services.
Joined: March 17, 2005
Thanks for the link and your opinion. I dont think I could have asked for a better answer.
One of the statements said something along the lines of MDs not liking to have to call a PT "doctor". Any MD that has a problem with that needs to get over him/herself fast. In my experience the providers that get off on the "doctor" thing are chiros. They live for it.
I think its a great move for your profession. You guys are the facilitators of healing in any setting requiring strength, motion, circulation and oxygenation. You are doing all the research on manipulation. Your admission requirements are competetive. You're doctors even without the new degree. I think most providers will agree with that.
Joined: January 25, 2003
My thoughts have always been that a nationwide mandatory yearly CEU requirement, required 6 month-1 year probationary/internship model be implemented, and required cyclical recertification/licensure (every 5-10 years or so) be implimented. I believe all of this SHOULD have been implemented and made standard prior to the DPT trend. I also find it strange that there were no studies to base the DPT decision by the APTA. Or were there I really don't know. Has there been any outcome studies that show a difference? I personally think the meat of the quality control is found in CEU's and recertification standards. Now, I think there is no choice but to implement this step as if DPT programs are teaching more pharm, then you gotta keep up to date right? Etc.
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