Bellingham Physical Therapy employs skilled clinicians whose primary interest is giving each client the best possible physical therapy experience. We love our work and are interesting individuals too.
Physical therapists are licensed through the state of Washington. They must have a minimum baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from a board approved school and pass a national board exam to meet licensure requirements. They must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years to retain licensure, a requirement that our therapists usually far exceed. All of our physical therapists are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA). It is the vision of the APTA that “by 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy”. In response, physical therapy schools have been transitioning to an entry level doctorate program, and a majority of recent graduates now possess a DPT degree.
Physical therapist assistants (PTA) graduate with an associate’s degree from an accredited 1 ½ to 2 year program. Legislation was passed in Washington State that requires PTA's to be licensed. They assist in carrying out the plan of care that is established by the physical therapist. The physical therapist is always responsible for evaluation, assessment, and progression of the plan of care.
Massage practitioners (LMP) are licensed in Washington through the Department of Health. Practitioners must complete a course of study at a Board of Massage approved program that is a minimum of 500 hours of training to include 90 hours of anatomy and physiology, 50 hours of pathology and 40 hours of kinesiology. Sixteen credits of continuing education are required every two years. At Bellingham Physical Therapy, the massage therapist works in conjunction with the physical therapist, and is insurance dependent.
We also employ physical therapy aides that are trained on the job to assist with application of modalities, and keep our treatment rooms and clinic clean. They work under the direction of the physical therapist.