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          AB 2382 (Blumenfield)
          As Amended  April 12, 2010
          Majority vote 

           HIGHER EDUCATION    9-0         BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS            
          |Ayes:|Block, Norby, Adams,      |Ayes:|Hayashi, Emmerson, Conway, |
          |     |Chesbro, Fong, Fuller,    |     |Eng, Hernandez, Hill, Ma,  |
          |     |Galgiani, Portantino,     |     |Nava, Niello, Ruskin,      |
          |     |Ruskin                    |     |Smyth                      |
          |     |                          |     |                           |
           APPROPRIATIONS      16-0                                        
          |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway, Ammiano, |
          |     |Bradford, Charles         |
          |     |Calderon, Coto, Davis, De |
          |     |Leon, Hall, Miller,       |
          |     |Nielsen, Norby, Skinner,  |
          |     |Solorio, Torlakson,       |
          |     |Torrico                   |
          |     |                          |
          SUMMARY  :   Authorizes the California State University (CSU) to  
          award the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, as  
          distinguished from the doctoral degree programs at the  
          University of California (UC).  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, 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 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  


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          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.

           COMMENTS  :   The Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy  
          Education (CAPTE), which has sole responsibility for accrediting  
          PT education programs in the United States, revised its  
          accreditation standards last October to require the DPT as the  
          terminal degree instead of the Master's degree, requiring 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.  Prospective PTs must have  
          graduated from a CAPTE-accredited program in order to sit for  
          the National Physical Therapy Examination, which is required for  
           As of January 2010, there were 203 DPT programs (96%) and only  
          nine Master's programs (4%) accredited nationally.  There are  
          currently nine private DPT programs in California and one public  
          program-a joint DPT between San Francisco State University and  
          the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).  The  
          programs average about 40 students, take approximately three  
          years, and cost $27,000 to $40,000 per year.  CSU operates four  
          PT Master's programs at its Fresno, Northridge, Long Beach, and  
          Sacramento campuses.  CSU Fresno does offer a nine-month DPT  
          option upon completion of a Master's degree in partnership with  

          According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics,  
          demand for physical therapists (PTs) will increase by 30% from  
          2008 to 2018, driven by the increasing elderly population, the  
          aging baby boom generation, and changes in insurance  
          reimbursement rates for PT services.  

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Sandra Fried / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
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