- The APTA has added to the debt load of physical therapy students by pushing the DPT in the absence of any significant difference in pay. After doing some very simple math, students are fleeing to other professions.
- This potential reduction of qualified individuals in the workforce will inevitably lead to an imbalance between the supply and demand of our services. Fewer therapist treating more patients is not the recipe for quality treatment.
- The DPT could completely devalue the need for the PTA. Third party payers play "follow-the leader" all too well and will inevitably cease reimbursement for PTA services. Don't think it could happen? Feel free to give me good reasons why they wouldn't. Reductions in the numbers of working PTA's spreads the caseload even further!
I don't believe the DPT is an awful way to go, and sincerely respect my colleagues who have earned the credential. I have more than a few DPT friends who will likely rip me pretty hard for this post. However, it is appearing more and more that the APTA tested the water by jumping in with both feet on Vision 2020. In our obsession with becoming a "doctoring profession" we have lost site of the realities our our practice today.
I rejoined the APTA last year and plan on renewing my membership again and again, but I think it is important for us to join Chad in voicing our opinions about the direction we should be heading. Having a vision is one thing, but I think we developed a case of hyperopia in the process. I join Chad in encouraging the APTA to make Vision 2020 a fluid one in which the goals of our profession in eleven years reflect the realities of today.
Good on'ya Chad...