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Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) has become an extraordinarily vital part of the healthcare profession. In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association has been actively advocating legislation for direct access to DPTs, rather than requiring physician referral, as noted in their Vision 2020 statement.
Consumers and other healthcare professionals readily seek out DPTs for the diagnosis of, interventions for and prevention of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities related to movement, function and health. Direct access is said to decrease wait times for access to care and even help reduce both cost to consumer and overall healthcare cost. As of February 2012, 47 states and the District of Columbia currently allow some form of direct access to physical therapists.
Our vision at the FIU Physical Therapy Department is to be a national leader in physical therapy education and research. The mission of the Department is to contribute to the health of the global community. Our student-centered program prepares an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse group of students to be caring and competent Doctors of Physical Therapy.