Mexico: a profile of the profession

The data has been provided by Asociación Mexicana de Fisioterapia and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For definitions and metadata please refer to the data guide. For questions or feedback please contact info@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2013

Professional title
English title:
Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
National language titles:
  • Fisioterapia  (Protected by law)
  • Terapia Física   (Protected by law)
  • Terapia Fisica y Rehabilitación   (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
400          (as at 31 December 2013)
Female : Male ratio:
2.28 : 1
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
3,057        (Authoritative*)
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
None
 
Events
Special interest groups recognised by Asociación Mexicana de Fisioterapia
Recognised special interest groups:
    • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
      • Educators in physical therapy
        • Neurology
          • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
            • Sports physical therapy
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
10
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Graduate diploma,  Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Asociación Mexicana de Fisioterapia
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
No
Code of conduct:
Yes, WCPT member organisation specific code of conduct
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Some
Limitations:
Yes - In work places where there is a rehabilitation specialist physician structure does not allow.
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
Yes
 
The system of regulation in the country:
The regulator of all professions is the General Direction of professions Secretary of public education, (Secretaria de Educación Publica) through professional associations, this year 2012 AMEFI will be the regulator. The links are: www.sep.gob.mx www.ses.sep.gob.mx/wb/ses/direccion_general_de_profesiones www.cedulaprofesional.sep.gob.mx
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development