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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Ann Williams, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Daiva Banaitis, PhD, PT


The purpose of this research was to determine the attitudes of physical therapists on the subject of raising the entry-level of physical therapy to a master's degree. A survey addressing the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading the physical therapy entry-level was designed. Surveys were sent to 150 physical therapists. Seventy-five of the subjects were selected from a list of APTA members and another 75 subjects were selected from an alumni listing from four master's degree entry level-physical therapy programs. The results showed that therapists with an entry-level degree in physical therapy were much more supportive of the position to upgrade the entry-level. All therapists agreed that the length of education needs to be extended to incorporate the expanding body of knowledge in physical therapy, and that a therapist with master's training is better prepared to do clinical research.


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