Pediatric Physical Therapy

Skip Navigation LinksHome > Spring 2014 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 > Essential Competencies in Entry-Level Pediatric Physical The...
Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000003
Special Communication

Essential Competencies in Entry-Level Pediatric Physical Therapy Education

Rapport, Mary Jane PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA; Furze, Jennifer PT, DPT, PCS; Martin, Kathy PT, DHS; Schreiber, Joe PT, PhD, PCS; Dannemiller, Lisa A. PT, DSc, PCS; DiBiasio, Paula A. PT, DPT, MS; Moerchen, Victoria A. PT, PhD

Supplemental Author Material
Collapse Box


Background: The Section on Pediatrics (SoP) convened an Education Summit in July 2012 to examine, discuss, and respond to documented inconsistencies and challenges in teaching pediatric physical therapy (PT) content in entry-level professional education programs. Despite previous attempts by the SoP to provide guidance around teaching pediatric PT, variability continued to be extensive across programs.

Key Points: This article presents the core competencies developed out of the Summit to inform pediatric content in the entry-level PT curriculum. In addition, the core competencies were linked to teaching strategies, learning activities, assessment outcomes, and curricular structures.

Statement of Conclusions: Consensus was reached on 5 core competencies that represent a knowledge base essential to all graduates of PT programs. In contrast to prior SoP documents, these competencies were specifically designed to focus on knowledge and skills unique to pediatric practice but essential for all graduates of accredited entry-level PT education programs.

Video Abstract: For more insights from the authors, see Supplemental Digital Content 1, at

© 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.

 Follow PED-PT on Twitteriphone-podcast-icon.png