J Korean Phys Ther.  2019 Aug;31(4):184-192. 10.18857/jkpt.2019.31.4.184.

Review for the Curriculum and License Exam of Physical Therapists in the United States

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Physical Therapy, Yeoju Institute of Technology, Yeoju, Korea. assa-yk@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to review the curriculum and license examination of physical therapists in the United States.
METHODS
The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) curriculum was evaluated by a review Course Work Tool version 6 (CWT6) data and current physical therapy licensure examination (National Physical Therapy Exam, NPTE) category in the United States.
RESULTS
The results indicated that they were required to meet the doctor of physical therapist degree based on "˜Guide to Physical Therapist Practice' of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This includes general education in the areas of communications and humanities, physical science, biological science, social and behavioral science, and mathematics. A minimum of one course must be completed successfully in each area of general education. Moreover, there should be at least 68 didactic credits of professional education and 22 clinical education credits, which is a minimum of two full-time clinical internships with no less than 1050 hours in total, which were supervised by a physical therapist. Regarding the physical therapy licensure examination, National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE, 2016) consisted of a physical therapy examination (26.5%), evaluation, differential diagnosis, baseline of prognosis (32.5%), intervention (28.5%), protection, responsibility, and research (6.5%) based on the "˜Guide to Physical Therapist Practice'.
CONCLUSION
Based on the study results provided above, it is considered a standard to meet domestic reality as the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice of APTA for South Korean physical therapists.

Keyword

Course work tool version 6; National physical therapy exam; Guide to physical therapist practice
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