Colombia: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Colombian Association of Physiotherapy 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 questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2019

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Professional name
Official names:
  • Fisioterapeuta  (Protected by law)
  • Fisioterapeuta  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
300
Female%
88%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by an independent organisation
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
29,483    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
88%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
No
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Special interest groups recognised by Colombia
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Policy
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
43
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Entry level programmes
  • Bachelors degree
  • Masters degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
  • Post graduate diploma
  • Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Colombia
Recognised specialisation:
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Management/administration (includes leadership, medico-legal, professional standards and best practice)
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
WCPT member organisation
Standards of practice:
Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
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:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
The newly graduated physiotherapist must present himself before the territorial entity where the discharge faculty is located and bring his documents: citizenship card, certificate of degree / diploma. The government entity issues a Resolution certifying the validity of its diploma. Then, depending on the city where you are going to work, you must register again in the territorial entity of the department or district and request the "Certificate of Enrollment".
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2017  2018