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  • Taiwan Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) is a professional organization for nearly 1,000 licensed physical therapists and physical therapy students in Taiwan.
  • The history of physical therapy (PT) development in Taiwan consists of four periods: the initiation period (1950's-1966), the foundation building period (1967-1981), the construction period (1982-1998), and the consolidation period (1999-present). The major events and accomplishments for each period are listed in the following table.
Initial Period
1950s
PT services and on-site courses at several hospitals
Foundation Period
1967
First entry-level baccalaureate PT program launched at National Taiwan University
1975
First national organization, Physical Therapy Association Republic of China (PTAROC), established
1976
Official journal of PTAROC published
1980
Founding member of the Asian Confederation for Physical Therapy (ACPT)
Construction Period
1982
Full member of World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
1985
Second baccalaureate PT program launched at Chung-Shan Medical University and more afterwards
1995
Promulgation of Physical Therapist Act; coverage of PT services by National Health Insurance program
1997
First PT graduate program launched at National Taiwan University
Consolidation Period
1999
he Aggregate National Federation of Associations of Physical Therapists of the Republic of China founded; name change from PTAROC to PTAROC (Taiwan)
2001
Health insurance contracted physical therapy clinic started
2003
Four Graduate Schools of Doctorate degree have been established since the Department of National Cheng Kung University jointly set up school of Doctorate program with the other for graduate programs
2007
Two-year PT post-graduate training program at teaching hospitals
2013
The Advanced Doctoral of Physical Therapy (DPT) program established at National Taiwan University
2014
Name change from PTAROC to Taiwan Physical Therapy Association (TPTA)
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