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Physical Therapy Commission of the Therapist Guild of Costa Rica

Comisión Profesional de Fisioterapia del Colegio de TerapeutasCosta RicaSouth America
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The Physical Therapy Commission of the Therapist Guild of Costa Rica has been a member of World Physiotherapy since 2019 and is part of our South America region.

Year established

2011

World Physiotherapy member since

2019

Year members reported

2019

Number of physiotherapist members

2,923

Costa Rica: a profile of the profession in 2019

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Fisioterapeuta

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Terapia Fisica

About Physical Therapy Commission of the Therapist Guild of Costa Rica and the physiotherapy profession in Costa Rica

Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

3,531 (estimated)

7.06

Per 10,000 population

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% female

72%

In this country/territory

74%

In this region

66%

Globally

Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

2,923

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% female

75%

In this MO

38%

In MOs in this region

58%

In MOs globally

Physiotherapy professional entry level education

Minimum qualification required to practice

Bachelors degree

Equivalent fulltime years

5

Number of programmes

7

Regulation

* = Continuing Professional Development

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Registration required to practice

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CPD* required for re-registration

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CPD* required for membership

Practice

Which authority defines scope of practice

A partnership between a regulation/licensing/registration body and the WCPT member organisation

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Standards of practice

The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

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Education for autonomous practice

All programmes

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Legislation to prevent private practice

Physiotherapists are permitted to

Direct access

*Direct access means a person can refer themselves to a physiotherapist without referral from another health professional

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Direct access* permitted?

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Can people self refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Will this be reimbursed?

In part

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Can people self refer to physiotherapists in the public system?

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Limitations

in public services require the referral of a medical specialist

Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events

Profile of the profession in this region

A global profile of the profession is also available.

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Argentina

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

1000-10000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

10-15

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

5-10

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

No

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Bolivia

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

1000-10000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

1-5

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

1-5

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Brazil

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

1000-10000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

10-15

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

<20%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

>20

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Chile

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

1000-10000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

15-20

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

40-60%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

10-15

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, more than one

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Colombia

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

100-1000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

5-10

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

<20%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

>80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

1-5

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Costa Rica

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

1000-10000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

5-10

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

60-80%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

5-10

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Partnership

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes

Is direct access permitted?

Yes

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

Yes

Ecuador

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

<100

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

1-5

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

<20%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

1-5

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Mexico

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

100-1000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

<1

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

20-40%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

5-10

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

No

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Some

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Peru

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

<100

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

1-5

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

<20%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

1-5

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

No

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

Yes

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

Uruguay

How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

100-1000

How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

1-5

What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

20-40%

What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

60-80%

What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

Bachelors degree

How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

1-5

Is registration required to practice?

Yes

Which authority defines scope of practice?

Government

Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

Yes

Is direct access permitted?

No

Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

Yes

Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

No

Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

No

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