Day at the Statehouse

Physical Therapy

Our DPT students take their responsibility to the physical therapy profession very seriously and have been an active presence in the INAPTA legislative push to allow Indiana patients to have physical therapy services without a physician’s referral. Direct access to PT services has been a project of our program for over five years, as Indiana is the last state in the union that does not allow direct access for PT services. This effort has been awarded with the approval of direct access by the Indiana Legislature, effective July 1, 2013.

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Peter Altenburger at

Occupational Therapy

Every January, during session, the Master of Science Occupational Therapy second year students visit the state capitol during Professional Trends and Issues course. Because of its proximity to IUPUI, many walk and experience the entire campus, downtown, and Military Park. While at the state capitol, the students are given a tour, provided the history of when it became a state, where the state capitols were located before its current location, meet with a state representative or senator, and meet the lobbyist of the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association. This allows students to see how important it is for the profession to be legislatively astute and to advocate for the clients we serve and the profession they represent.

For more information on the involvement of students in the legislative process please contact Dr. Thomas Fisher at