Title Protection Signed Into Law!
On August 6, 2014, Governor Deval L. Patrick signed H.175, An Act Relative to Title Protection, into law. The signature culminated almost two years of work on the part of the Legislative Committee and other Chapter Leaders. Thank you and Congratulations to all who helped in this effort.
The bill protects the following terms: "C.P.T", "D.P.T", “D.R.P.T.”, "Dr. P.T.", from usage by anyone other than a physical therapist. Many members had expressed concern that Certified Personal Trainers have been using C.P.T. and all involved wished to protect DPT and Dr. PT as the entry level doctorate becomes the standard for all PT's.
"This is a significant victory for physical therapists and our patients all across Massachusetts," announced APTAMA President Mary Duffy Zupkus, PT, MPA. "Our patients have come to trust our education and training in providing solutions to the challenges they face. Confusion over the actual training of a health care professional can interfere with that trust. We are thankful to the Governor and the Massachusetts General Court for their wisdom and commitment to solving this consumer problem."
Any member who observes another professional violating this standard should email APTAMA headquarters with information, and evidence if possible. As guidance becomes available from the Commonwealth, we will forward to the membership.