About the Profession
Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals
of all ages who have medical or health-related conditions that limit their abilities
to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual
and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce
pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists must obtain a
doctorate degree. Learn more about the role of the physical therapist.
There are 2 Physical Therapy Programs in Kentucky.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Each PT may supervise up to four PTAs in Kentucky. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must currently complete a 2-year associate's degree and are licensed, certified, or registered in most states. Learn more about the physical therapist assistant profession.
There are several organizations that have an impact upon the profession and upon programs. These include:
- The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 71,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. The Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) is the state chapter of the APTA.
- The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the body that accredits PT and PTA Programs across the United States and in other countries.
- The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy administers the certification exam required for employment in Kentucky. Graduates of a CAPTE-accredited program must complete the certification examination with a score of 600 or better in order to become a PTA in Kentucky.
- The Foundation for Physical Therapy funds physical therapy research. Among its activities is the annual Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, an event in which PT and PTA programs from across the nation compete to be the top fundraiser each year.
- The World Confederation for Physical Therapy is the sole international organization representing physical therapists worldwide. It is dedicated to promoting the profession and improving global health.
Are you interested in attending college, but unsure which career is best for you? The Education Cabinet has produced the Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2014 to help you learn more about a number of careers, including physical therapist assistant.