I think if you want to get a advanced degree that is great. I think if you think for one second that it will automatically get you more respect or pay, you are miss informed.
Have you taken a real look at the state of research in our field? I ran a search for all the articles related to back pain in the last 30 years in JOSPT, Journal of Man. and Phys. Therapautics (ACA), Spine, Arch.of Physical Med & Rehab., NEJM, Medline, PEDRO, and what limited access Physical Therapy gives to non-members. For every study that supports the use of manual therapy, of TENS for example, there are at least 2-3 studies that have shown no effect. When you look @ a study in NEJM, the cohort number is big, i.e., 200-500+. When you look @ JOSPT or PT, you have studies with 15-20 subjects, & they are all 20 yr old athletes for whatever school is close!
What about all this push to be educated in manual therapy? Did you read the article in the last issue of JOSPT (Apr 2007 vol37, Num 4 pp169-179)? That refutes that IF there even is coupled motion in the L spine, it is not reliable. This is a lit review.
Chiropractic has been on the 'outside' of traditional medicine, and shunned for there inappropriazteness and lack of clinical expertise for the level of care they provide. I read into this as they have too much responsilibity for their training. This is just my opinion, and I nkow there are great chiropracters in practice, so my apologies if they are reading this.
In summation, I feel if you want to be more, and be a 'point of entry' provider, you should go back to school and be a MD. If you want to better our profession, then why don't you try to provide some PROOF for what we do, what you do. If you have these 'wonderful' clinical skills which are superior to everyone else, do share please. So many PT's are willing to jump on the band wagon with out really thinking for themselves and being 'checked' by perr review that they are just rouges. The squeeky wheel get the most grease and( I feel) unfortunately it is this 'doctor' thing. Education? Great! Do it for the right reasons though, and the REAL betterment of OUR profession!