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          AB 2382 (Blumenfield)
          As Amended  July 15, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |75-1 |(May 13, 2010)  |SENATE: |35-0 |(August 12,    |
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           Original Committee Reference:    HIGHER ED.  

           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).  

          1)Authorizes CSU to award a DPT, notwithstanding the Master Plan  
            for Higher Education and its differentiation of mission and  
            function, in order to meet specified physical therapy needs in  
            California, subject to compliance with the following  

             a)   Limits the authority to award a doctorate to the  
               discipline of physical therapy;

             b)   Requires that the amount of state full-time equivalent  
               student (FTES) funding per student be at the agreed upon  
               marginal cost calculation that CSU receives and further:

               i)     Requires that FTES funding for the new students in  
                 these programs come from within CSU's agreed upon  
                 enrollment levels in the annual Budget Act; and,

               ii)    Prohibits enrollment in these programs from altering  
                 the ratio of graduate instruction to total enrollment and  
                 diminishing the growth of enrollment of undergraduate  

             c)   Requires that the degree be focused on preparing  
               physical therapists to provide health care services and  
               that it be consistent with meeting the requirements of the  
               Commission on the Accreditation in Physical Therapy  
               Education (CAPTE);


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             d)   Affirms the authority of the California Postsecondary  
               Education Commission to review, evaluate and make  
               recommendations relating to any and all programs  
               established under the bill's provisions;

             e)   Caps the fees that may be charged students in these  
               programs at the rate charged for students in  
               state-supported DPT programs at UC (including joint UC-CSU  

             f)   Requires that start-up funding for these programs be met  
               within existing academic program support budgets, without  
               diminishing the program support offered to undergraduates;  

             g)   Prohibits funding of these programs from resulting in  
               reduced undergraduate enrollment at CSU.

          2)Requires CSU, the Department of Finance, and the Legislative  
            Analyst's Office to jointly conduct a statewide evaluation of  
            the implementation of the DPT programs authorized by this bill  
            as follows: 

             a)   Requires the evaluation consider the number of new  
               programs implemented, as specified, the extent to which the  
               programs are fulfilling identified needs for physical  
               therapists, information on subsequent job placement and  
               employment of graduates, program costs, fund sources, and  
               cost per degree awarded, the cost of programs to students,  
               as specified, and the degree of compliance with this bill's  
               provisions; and,

             b)   Requires the evaluation be submitted to the Legislature  
               and Governor by January 1, 2015, until January 1, 2019.

           The Senate amendments  :

          1)Codify legislative intent language.

          2)Repeal the reporting requirement as of January 1, 2019.

           EXISTING LAW  :  The Master Plan for Higher Education defines the  
          missions of UC, CSU, and the California Community Colleges.   
          Specifically, UC has sole responsibility for awarding doctorate  
          degrees, except CSU may enter into joint programs and may award  


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          the Doctor of Education degree, which the Legislature authorized  
          CSU to award in AB 724 (Scott), Chapter 269, Statutes of 2005.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill is substantially similar to  
          the version that passed the Senate.

           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 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.

           COMMENTS  :   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  


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          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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