News & Press: Legislation


Thursday, October 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carla Rosenbaum
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Our bill related to “DPT Title Protection” has been delivered to the Governor’s Office. The bill passed the NY State Assembly and Senate this past June and now requires final approval and signature by Governor Cuomo. He has until October 23, 2017 to sign or veto this important bill. WE NEED YOU to send a message to his office to show your support of the bill and to help ensure its final approval.


Please follow the directions below to send Governor Cuomo a message urging his approval of the DPT Title Protection bill. You are welcome to modify the provided text in order to personalize your message. Thank you in advance for your commitment to our profession. 



Jake McPherson, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS - Chairperson, NYPTA Legislative and Payment Committee

Michael Mattia, PT, DPT, MS, MHA– President, NYPTA


Directions for Sending Message to Governor Cuomo’s Office:

1.      Click link to “Contact the Governor”:

2.      Enter your demographic information

3.      TOPIC: Select “Legislation” from the dropdown menu

4.      SUBJECT: We suggest: “A7467  - (Gunther): Title Protection, Physical Therapists, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)”

5.      Message Sample (Copy and paste into the space provided. Please add your name to personalize the closing): 


Dear Governor Cuomo,


I am writing to respectfully request that you approve  A. 7467 (Gunther) which would allow the abbreviation of “D.P.T.” to only be used by licensed physical therapists holding a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 


To protect the public from misuse, section 6732 of the Education Law currently reserves use of the title “physical therapist,” “physiotherapist,” “mechanotherapist,” and the term “P.T., for those who are licensed physical therapists.  In 2011, the Education Law was amended to require applicants for physical therapy licensure to complete a master’s degree or higher in physical therapy and all accredited physical therapy programs must be at the doctorate level. Reflecting those additional education requirements, the term “D.P.T.” is now the nationally recognized abbreviation for a “Doctor of Physical Therapy” and is protected by physical therapy practice acts in states throughout the country. New York’s law needs to be updated to reflect these changes to the practice.


Protection of the term “D.P.T.” benefits the public by limiting the use of the term to only those individuals appropriately trained, educated, and licensed for purposes of the practice of physical therapy. A.7467 ensures the protection of the professional term for the practice of physical therapy and reflects the modernization in education in practice in New York State and across the country.  

For these reasons I urge you to approve A.7467.



(your name)

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