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          Date of Hearing:   May 5, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                 AB 2382 (Blumenfield) - As Amended:  April 12, 2010

          Policy Committee:                              Higher  
          EducationVote:  9-0
                        Business and Professions              11-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              


          This bill authorizes the California State University (CSU) to  
          award the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.   
          Specifically, this bill:

          1)Requires CSU to comply with all of the following:

             a)   Allocate funding on a per full-time equivalent student  
               (FTES) basis for each new student in these degree programs  
               from within CSU's enrollment growth levels as provided in  
               the annual Budget Act. 

             b)   Provide that enrollments in DPT programs shall not alter  
               the CSUs ratio of graduate instruction to total enrollment,  
               and shall not diminish enrollment growth in university  
               undergraduate programs. 

             c)   Focus the DPT degree on preparing physical therapists to  
               provide health care services, consistent with meeting the  
               requirements of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical  
               Therapy Education (CAPTE).

             d)   Charge students fees in DPT programs no higher than the  
               rate charged for students in state-supported doctoral  
               degree programs in physical therapy at the University of  
               California (UC), including joint DPT programs of the CSU  
               and UC.


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             e)   Provide any startup funding for the programs from within  
               existing budgets for academic programs support, without  
               diminishing the quality of program support offered to CSU  
               undergraduate programs. 

             f)   No reduction of undergraduate enrollments at CSU as a  
               result of funding these programs.

          2)Requires CSU, the Department of Finance (DOF), and the  
            Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) to conduct a joint,  
            statewide evaluation of the implemented DPT programs, and  
            report specified information to the governor and the  
            Legislature by January 1, 2015.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          No net state costs, as the additional student fee revenues, from  
          increased fees charged to DPT students, will more than offset  
          the additional costs of the DPT programs.  When fully  
          implemented, likely in 2016-17, additional student fee revenues  
          will be about $500,000 annually per campus, or $2 million for  
          the four CSU DPT programs.  (This assumes DPT students will be  
          charged about $14,500 annually ($43,500 for three years)-equal  
          to the current charge for CSU Doctor of Education (Ed.D)  
          students.)  The additional cost for the DPT programs-mainly  
          involving adding two faculty positions per campus to accommodate  
          a one- or two-semester extension of the current programs-are  
          about $300,000 per campus annually, or $1.2 million total.  All  
          start-up costs to develop the DPT program will be absorbed by  
          existing faculty.

          (The three-year costs to students in DPT programs offered at the  
          state's private postsecondary institutions range from $73,000 to  


           1)Background and Purpose  .  The Commission on Accreditation for  
            Physical Therapy Education, which has sole responsibility for  
            accrediting PT education programs in the U.S., revised its  
            accreditation standards last October to require the DPT as the  
            terminal degree instead of the Master's degree, thus requiring  


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            PT Master's degree programs to convert to DPT programs by  
            December 30, 2015. Programs that do not meet this criterion by  
            that date will be required to come into compliance no later  
            than December 31, 2017, or lose accreditation.

            There are currently nine private DPT programs in California  
            and one public program-a joint DPT between San Francisco State  
            University and UC San Francisco. CSU operates four PT Master's  
            programs at its Fresno, Northridge, Long Beach, and Sacramento  
            campuses. CSU Fresno also offers a nine-month DPT option, upon  
            completion of its Master's program, in partnership with UC San  

            Master's degree programs typically require two to two and  
            one-half years of study, while doctoral degree programs  
            require three years. Doctoral programs, which include a more  
            robust clinical education and diagnostic education, are more  
            costly to operate than baccalaureate or master's level  

           2)Opposition  .  The California Podiatric Medical Association is  
            concerned as to whether CSU is set up to include the enhanced  
            clinical rotations, which the association maintains are key to  
            a meaningful higher level of Physical Therapist training,  
            whether CSU has the funding to establish doctoral programs,  
            and how the new programs would differ from the Masters of  
            Physical Therapy currently available.

           3)Prior Legislation  .  In 2009, AB 867 (Nava), which would grant  
            CSU the authority to award the Doctor in Nursing Practice  
            degree, was held on Suspense in Senate Appropriations. 

            AB 724 (Scott)/Chapter 269 of 2005, authorized CSU to award  
            the Ed.D.  Earlier versions of that bill authorized CSU to  
            award a DPT and the Doctor in Audiology degree, but these  
            provisions were removed due to objections by UC.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081