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DPT as the Arizona regulatory designation for Physical Therapists

Posted: Sep 28, 2017

The AzPTA Executive Board and the State Government Affairs Committee support moving forward with legislation in  2018 to change the regulatory designation of physical therapists in Arizona from "PT" to "DPT."  This topic has generated open discussion forums at 3 AzPTA meetings. Additional background materials are presented here to provide greater understanding of the issue for all members and the greater PT community.  

Support Statement for consideration of DPT as the regulatory designation for physical therapists, as presented to the 2014 APTA House of Delegates (HOD) by the Arizona Delegation.  The HOD adopted RC 9-14 as amended:

AzPTA State Government Affairs Committee – Position statement from Kadeen Mansor, PT

Presentation at Fall 2015 meeting by Blair Packard:

Questions and comments on the topic of DPT as the regulatory designation for physical therapists in Arizona may be directed to President John Heick ( or SGA Committee chair Cynthia Driskell (