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DESIGNATION “PT,” “PTA,” “SPT,” AND “SPTA” HOD P06-03-17-14 [Amended HOD 06-9923-29; HOD 06-78-05-04; HOD 06-85-38-66] [Position] The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) supports the use of “PT” as the regulatory designation of a physical therapist. Other letter designations such as “RPT,” “LPT,” or academic and professional degrees, should not be substituted for the regulatory designation of “PT.” “PTA” is the preferred regulatory designation of a physical therapist assistant. APTA supports the recognition of the regulatory designation of a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant as taking precedence over other credentials or letter designations. In order to promote consistent communication of the presentation of credentials and letter designations, the Association shall recognize the following preferred order: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

PT/PTA. Highest earned physical therapy-related degree. Other earned academic degree(s). Specialist certification credentials in alphabetical order (specific to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Other credentials external to APTA. Other certification or professional honors (eg, FAPTA).

APTA supports the designations “SPT” and “SPTA” for physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students, respectively, up to the time of graduation. Following graduation and prior to licensure, graduates should be designated in accordance with state law. If state law does not stipulate a specific designation, graduates should be designated in a way that clearly identifies that they are not licensed physical therapists or licensed or regulated physical therapist assistants. Relationship to Vision 2020: Professionalism; (Practice Department, ext 3176) [Document updated: 12/14/2009]

Explanation of Reference Numbers: BOD P00-00-00-00 stands for Board of Directors/month/year/page/vote in the Board of Directors Minutes; the "P" indicates that it is a position (see below). For example, BOD P11-97-06-18 means that this position can be found in the November 1997 Board of Directors minutes on Page 6 and that it was Vote 18. P: Position | S: Standard | G: Guideline | Y: Policy | R: Procedure

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