I went on a search to find out if therapy was still considered ancillary in the health care system despite the move to the DPT. You guessed it; OT, PT and ST are often still listed as ancillary (subordinate) staff. I find this remarkable. No matter the degree attained, the level of independence as a provider and how valuable we are to patients, we are often considered ancillary staff.
One place listed jobs in this order: administration, doctors/PCPs, nurses and ancillary staff. Does this mean we do not play a vital role in the delivery of care? No, it means our PT job listing is between housekeeping and volunteer coordinator. I understand therapy has something to offer to patients that is independent of what everyone else offers, but we are not seen in a different light by human resources and the administrators who run large institutions. We are still the "helper staff," only we have a license so we can bill insurance for our services.
And since we get paid our ancillary wages, I guess we have no room to complain about what we are called, right?