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Physical Therapy Then (Education, PT Practice, TPTA, and Licensure) 1959 and Now (2023)
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Category: District Meetings

This course is designed for physical therapists, therapist assistants as well as PT and PTA students to learn about our ever-evolving profession in the state of Texas. This course will allow attendees to gain a personal perspective of physical therapy in the state of Texas through the presenter’s personal knowledge in the areas of PT practice in Texas in 1959, PT Education in 1959 Era, Historical Viewpoint on initial PT Licensure in Texas, TPTA’s Membership and Organization Activities in the 1960-70, Personal Observation of PT Practice Then (1959) and Now (2023). 1CCU 

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

1.Describe the entry-level education for Physical Therapists in 1959;
2.Describe the practice emphasis of PTs in 1959;
3.Discuss the early Texas Physical Therapy Association organization as existed in the 1950s-60s-70s;
4.Discuss the salient aspects of the initial licensure of PTS in Texas in 1972;
5.Discuss the presenter’s viewpoint on PT Practice then (1959) and now (2023).

J.D. Wendeborn holds an Associate in Science Degree from John Tarleton Jr. College (1956), a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas (1959), and Masters Degree in Science from Corpus Christi State University (1988). He has a career in physical therapy beginning in 1960 and continuing currently in 2022. He has served as President of the TPTA, served on the APTA’s Judicial Committee, and has held the Chairmanship of the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners—being appointed to that Board by Governors Preston Smith and Dolph Briscoe. Additionally JDW directed the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Laredo College from 1985 through 2003, retiring in January, 2004; during his tenure at the Laredo College his program awarded Associate of Science Degrees to over 180 Physical Therapist Assistants.

7:30 - 7:40 p.m.: Introduction and Opening Remarks
7:40 - 8:30 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A 

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$0 for TPTA members
$15 for non-members

Additional Locations
Live Online Only

Cancellation Policy
None unless otherwise approved by CBD Board

Additional Information and Registration
CCUs are only issued to PTs and PTAs. In order to receive credit, you must be present for the full course. After the course complete the course evaluation by 06/28/2023. Link to the evaluation in is your confirmation email. You must follow all instructions, including completing registration. Certificates will be emailed after verifying attendance and completion of evaluation no later than June 30, 2023. Please allow until then for processing. Please wait until after that date to contact TPTA.

Meeting login information and evaluation will be emailed to you upon successfully completing registration.

Contact: [email protected]