I have read several emails tonight suggesting national licensure, if I’m not mistaken. If this is something that can be achieved through AOPA, since they seem to fight on the behalf of practitioners with the government and for educational standards, then I would fully support this effort. This would maintain all of the profession’s integrity and schools to produce future practitioners. The consensus seems to be L.O. or L.P.O. I agree that abc and boc initials no longer carry the weight they once did unless in Washington state. I am not bashing any organization at this point, but licensing is the only way to lobby the governement to protect us and more importantly the patient. Combine the testing efforts and re-invent the test and re-certify all people if that is what it will take to achieve unity and eqaulity amongst practitioners. Put all of us on a level playing field from day 1 not year 25.
I do not think we need APTA. We can’t be PT or OT if we don’t go to their schools and get their education.
Anyways, let’s handle this amongst ourselves and let AOPA lead the way. Sever ties with ABC and support the profession not the organization.
Jason Frisch, CO