Blog #10

Are you a doctor?

Physical therapists are not medical doctors. During the 2016 Legislative Session, SB 450 passed, giving physical therapists usage of the term “doctor.” With regards to the profession of physical therapy, the prefix “doctor” can be utilized by any person who holds a physical therapy license and a degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. However, the physical therapist may not use the term “doctor” without clearly informing the public of his or her profession as a physical therapist. SB 450 also clearly stated that it is unlawful for a person to use the letters “DPT” unless the person has a physical therapy license as well as a doctor degree in physical therapy.