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American Physical Therapy Association

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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is one of our founding members and is part of our North America Caribbean region. The association’s history dates back to 1921.

Washington was the location for our 13th general meeting in 1995 and our 3rd general meeting took place in New York in 1956.

Subgroups

APTA recognises the following subgroups:

Year established

1921

World Physiotherapy member since

1951

Year members reported

2020

Number of physiotherapist members

64,789

Contact details

    United States: a profile of the profession in 2020

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    Physical Therapist (PT)

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    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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    Licenced Physical Therapist (PT is recommended designation)

    About American Physical Therapy Association and the physiotherapy profession in United States

    Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

    223,751

    6.84

    Per 10,000 population

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    % female

    70%

    In this country/territory

    70%

    In this region

    63%

    Globally

    Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

    64,789

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    % female

    64%

    In this MO

    66%

    In MOs in this region

    61%

    In MOs globally

    Physiotherapy professional entry level education

    Minimum qualification required to practice

    Professional doctorate

    Equivalent fulltime years

    2.5

    Number of programmes

    256

    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

    One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities

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    Standards of practice

    The World Physiotherapy member organisation specific standard

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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

    Limitations exists in publically funded programs, such as Medicare. Under Medicare (the government run program for individuals with disabilities and over the age of 65), a patient can self-refer to physical therapists but the physical therapy plan of care must be certified in an expedited manner by the referring physician. In addition, facilities can have additional policies unique to the hospital or the rehabilitation facility can have additional requirements beyond those of the individual patient's insurance provider regarding if a patient is able to self-refer to physical therapists.

    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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    Bahamas

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    30 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    1.92 (1-5)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    83% (>80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    85% (>80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    A partnership between a regulation/licensing/registration body and your organisation (Partnership)

    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

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Barbados

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    35 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    1.92 (1-5)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    86% (>80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    85% (>80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    17.44 (15-20)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

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

    Is direct access permitted?

    No

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Bermuda

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    20 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    7.82 (5-10)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    80% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    80% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    No

    Is direct access permitted?

    Private only

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Canada

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    11,974 (>10000)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    6.83 (5-10)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    69% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    72% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Masters degree

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

    2.02 (1-5)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

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

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    Yes, All programmes (Yes)

    Is direct access permitted?

    Yes

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Curaçao

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    45 (<100)

    Guyana

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    41 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    0.53 (<1)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    85% (>80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    85% (>80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    6.42 (5-10)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (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, All programmes (Yes)

    Is direct access permitted?

    Yes

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Haiti

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    39 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    0.09 (<1)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    72% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    85% (>80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    0.9 (<1)

    Is registration required to practice?

    No

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Not defined

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    No

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    Yes, Some programmes (Some)

    Is direct access permitted?

    Private only

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Jamaica

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    89 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    1.87 (1-5)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    74% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    73% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    1.7 (1-5)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, The World Physiotherapy standard

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    No

    Is direct access permitted?

    No

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Panama

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    81 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    3.97 (1-5)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    81% (>80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    72% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    4.79 (1-5)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (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

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Puerto Rico

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    115 (100-1000)

    St Lucia

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    14 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    0.88 (<1)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    93% (>80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    88% (>80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    No

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    No

    Is direct access permitted?

    No

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    Suriname

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    51 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    1.51 (1-5)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    78% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    77% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

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

    8.68 (5-10)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (Government)

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, The World Physiotherapy standard

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    Yes, All programmes (Yes)

    Is direct access permitted?

    No

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    No

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    No

    Trinidad and Tobago

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    55 (<100)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    0.67 (<1)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    67% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    70% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Bachelors degree

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Ministry of Health or another government department (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?

    Private only

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

    United States

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    64,789 (>10000)

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population?

    6.84 (5-10)

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    65% (60-80%)

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    70% (60-80%)

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Professional doctorate

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

    3.91 (1-5)

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities (Independent)

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    Yes, All programmes (Yes)

    Is direct access permitted?

    Yes

    Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    Are physiotherapists permitted to provide telehealth services?

    Yes

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