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December 2011

1. Editor's Corner: Physical Therapy: A Profession on the Move!

Jody S Frost, PT, DPT, PhD

Physical therapy is a dynamic and progressive profession with continued advances in evidence-based and innovative practice, education and lifelong learning, directed and translational research, public advocacy, and much more.

2. Today’s Physical Therapist: A Comprehensive Review of a 21st-Century Health Care Profession

Reprinted with permission by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) from Today’s Physical Therapist: A Comprehensive Review of a 21st-Century Health Care Profession.

From its beginnings “by a small band of daring young reconstruction aide/technicians,” the physical therapy profession today boasts confident, accomplished, professional practitioners on the cutting edge of health care, and it consistently ranks as one of the nation’s most desirable careers.

3. PTCAS Application Trends

Libby Ross, MA

The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and was first launched in August 2008 to facilitate the admissions process for physical therapist (PT) education programs, applicants, and advisors. PTCAS allows applicants to use a single Web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple programs.

4. A Career in Physical Therapy: Innovation and Opportunities

Nancy T. White, PT, DPT, OCS
Lisa Culver, PT, DPT, MBA
Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS

The mention of a career in physical therapy may conjure scenarios of treating sprained shoulders and teaching patients with stroke to walk again.

5. From High Wires to Hockey Rinks — Amazing PT Careers

Keith Loria
Nancie C. Menapace
Michele Wojciechowski

What do circus tents, hockey rinks, tennis courts, golf courses, running tracks, and yoga studios have in common? If you noted they’re all places where physical activity occurs, you’re absolutely right.

6. Physical Therapist Researchers Are Leaders in the Science of Health

Ann E. Barr, PT, DPT, PhD

The need for research evidence to support physical therapist practice has never been greater as our society strives to provide widely accessible and affordable health care.

7. Physical Therapist Career Pathways Include Opportunities for Specialization

Derek Stepp, BA
Kendra Harrington, PT, DPT, WCS

When a physical therapist graduates from an entrylevel education program and achieves licensure, s/he is qualified to practice as a “generalist” and treat a wide variety of patients and their diagnoses.

8. Two Physical Therapists’ Perspectives on their Profession

Glenda Hill, MEd

For the past 8 years, it has been my pleasure to serve as the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions liaison to the American Physical Therapy Association.

9. Developing a New Culture for Academic Physical Therapy: Creation of the Academic Council

Susan S. Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Leslie G. Portney, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Over its nearly 100 year history, physical therapy has reached full recognition as a profession — now a doctoring profession accountable to the myriad responsibilities and obligations of other doctoring professions.


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