Physical Therapy

September 2011

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Source Notes
Required level of general education Bachelor's Degree Most physical therapist education programs require applicants to earn a bachelor's degree prior to admission into the professional DPT/MPT program
Required graduate-level education 3 year accredited physical therapy program The length of professional DPT programs is typically 3 years
Hands-On Animal Patient Training None required    
Certification Exam National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)  
Continuing Education Required 10 - 20 hours / year   Range is not exact; based on a sampling of state requirements (9 states do not have any CE requirements)
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No    
Overseeing agency / regulating body State physical therapy board Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT); The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) will require all programs to offer the DPT degree effective December 31, 2015
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779