Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318218f2fe
Research Article

A Description of Professional Pediatric Physical Therapy Education

Schreiber, Joe PT, PhD, PCS; Goodgold, Shelley PT, ScD; Moerchen, Victoria A. PT, PhD; Remec, Nushka PT, PCS; Aaron, Carolanne PT, PhD, PCS; Kreger, Alison PT, DPT, PCS

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Abstract

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.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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