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  • Is It Really About Autonomous PT Practice?

    My post last month, ''The DPT: How Did They Miss This?'' has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated that making the DPT a mandatory entry-level degree was necessary for the pursuit of autonomous ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 18, 2015
  • PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists. The release stated: ''In a ‘Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education programs, supporters of legislation that would allow PTs to participate in the ...
  • Are There Enough PT Schools?

    Besides volunteering recently at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference, I also had a chance to meet with both professionals and students. It turned out the number of PT schools is a hot topic in the profession. The answer depends on who you ask. Students and would-be students both think there aren't enough schools. They ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 11, 2015
  • The DPT: How Did They Miss This?

    The more I talk to therapists around the country, the more I get the impression very few of us think that requiring the DPT as the entry-level degree for the profession was a good idea. Taken apart from other issues, the DPT is a good thing. But as the required degree, it created a problem. The market did not and does not support it. Several ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 21, 2015
  • There Aren't As Many PT Jobs As Before

    I just got back from a teaching trip in two larger cities near Lake Erie. I was lucky in that I was able to eat lunch with some of the attendees. Both times the discussion eventually turned to concerns about our profession. They had a different perspective than I do. In that area, new graduates don't hold out for more money. They accept jobs that ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 14, 2015
  • Proving the Value of Physical Therapy

    This guest blog post was written by Jerry Henderson, PT, vice president of clinical community at Clinicient in Portland, Ore. I personally believe that our profession is an excellent value. That is, our efforts provide a great benefit for the cost. Unfortunately, regardless of the conviction of my beliefs, we have an obligation to prove it to ...
  • The PT Job Search Continues

    This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search. She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads are doing. As of last Friday, she had three interviews. Within three days, one told her no. It ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 16, 2015
  • Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience

    Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs. If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I hadn't considered the effect this is having on more experienced therapists. A friend of mine from ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?

    I've spent more time thinking about the ''new'' APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow and it could become a true association of the profession. Alas, I just don't think so. I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 29, 2015
  • Texas Is Getting Another PT School

    I recently learned Houston is getting another PT school. It's still in the planning stages. They are looking for individuals to develop and open the school. I'm not sure how long that takes but I would guess it will be a few years before the first class is accepted. I find this unbelievable. Texas has more PT schools than almost any other state. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 15, 2015
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