ERIC Number: EJ807891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 30
Personnel Issues in School-Based Physical Therapy: A Look at Supply and Demand, Professional Preparation, Licensure, and Certification
Rapport, Mary Jane K.; Effgen, Susan K.
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v17 n1 p7-15 Apr 2004
Physical therapy in school settings focuses on outcomes and is based on meeting the educational needs of the child or student. Despite the expansion in delivery models beyond direct one-to-one intervention, and the use of multiple team members, to achieve outcomes for students in educational environments, there continue to be shortages of physical therapists in many school districts. The supply of physical therapists is, on the whole, slightly less than adequate; however, real personnel shortages continue to exist in rural areas and in populated areas with less desirable schools or workplace environments. An adequate supply of physical therapists does not mean adequate training, and there are ongoing issues regarding what constitutes adequate professional preparation for the delivery of pediatric physical therapy in school-based settings. Licensure requirements are relatively consistent across states with some states requiring additional certification to work in school-based settings. This article takes a look at the economic principle of supply and demand, professional preparation, licensure and certification of the physical therapy profession. In order to increase both the number of available pediatric physical therapists and the quality of the professional skills with which a physical therapist enters employment as a related service provider, the authors suggest some necessary changes to make in personnel preparation and on-the-job training.
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Supply and Demand, Disabilities, On the Job Training, Rural Areas, Certification, Physical Therapy, Special Needs Students, Rural Schools, Professional Education, Employment Qualifications, Related Services (Special Education), Federal Legislation
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site: http://www.casecec.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)