Purpose: The purpose of this work was to reexamine the status of professional pediatric physical therapy education in the United States.
Methods: A task force designed a 16-item survey and contacted representatives from all professional physical therapy programs.
Results: Surveys were gathered from 151 programs for a return rate of 75%. Much variability exists across programs in total number of hours devoted to pediatrics (range, 35-210 hours). In addition, almost 60% of respondents indicated that the individual responsible for delivering the pediatric content will be retiring within the next 15 years.
Conclusion: These results describe current pediatric professional education and provide numerous opportunities and challenges for the development of optimal professional pediatric education.