Minnesota Physical Therapists Facts and Data 2004

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (ORHPC) asks physical therapists to answer questions about their employment status and the nature of their practices each year when they renew their licenses. Response to the survey is voluntary and does not affect license renewal.

NOTE: In the tables below, “urban” is defined to include seven Twin City metropolitan counties (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington) and the cities of Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud. All other parts of the state are defined as rural.

Number of Physical Therapists

As of March 2004, 3,363 physical therapists held Minnesota licenses. Some of these were retired or not working as physical therapists, and others lived or practiced in other states.

The ORHPC received survey responses from 2,615 physical therapists who renewed licenses for 2004. The responses came from a total of 3,303 physical therapists who renewed licenses for 2004, yielding a 79 percent response rate.

At the time of license renewal, 2,441, or 93 percent, of survey respondents said they were working at least part time at a primary practice site in Minnesota.

The exact number of physical therapists practicing in Minnesota is not known. Not all of the 3,363 physical therapists holding Minnesota licenses in 2004 would have been working as physical therapists in Minnesota. An unknown number would have been working in other jobs or not working due to unemployment, illness, retirement or other reasons.

To estimate the numbers of physical therapists actually working in Minnesota, the ORHPC survey asks physical therapists about the location of their primary practice site and how many hours they work there. Ninety-three percent of respondents said they worked at least part time at a primary practice site in Minnesota. Applied to the actual number of licensees in 2004, this percentage produces an estimate of about 3,140 physical therapists practicing in Minnesota. If active Minnesota physical therapists were more likely than other licensed therapists to respond to the survey, the estimated number of active Minnesota physical therapists would be somewhat lower.

This estimate is somewhat lower than the 3,460 physical therapist jobs estimated by the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development for the second quarter of 2004.

Using the July 1, 2004, population estimate for Minnesota, 3,140 physical therapists equate to 62 active physical therapists per 100,000 people.

Because of different data sources and definitions, this estimate of 62 active physical therapists is not directly comparable to other reported data. The Bureau of Health Professions in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration reported that Minnesota had 2,700 practicing physical therapists in 2000, or 55 physical therapists per 100,000 people, exceeding the national number of 43.

All data reported below is for physical therapists who work at least part time at a primary practice site in Minnesota, according to the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care survey of physical therapists renewing licenses for 2004.

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Gender by age and location of Physical Therapists active in Minnesota

 Age/location

Respondents (N =)

 Male

 Female

All physical therapists

2,144

24.1%

75.8%

Under 35

678

63.6%

36.4%

35-44

724

62.6%

37.4%

45-54

515

84.1%

15.9%

55-64

208

97.5%

2.6%

65 and older

19

98.6%

1.4%

Urban locations

1,513

20.4%

79.6%

Rural locations

631

33.1%

66.9%

Age of Physical Therapists active in Minnesota by location

Age
Statewide
n=2,144

Urban
n=1,513

Rural
n=631
Less than 35
31.6%
29.5%
36.6%
35-44
33.8%
34.7%
27.5%
45-54
24.0%
24.9%
22.0%
55-64
9.7%
9.9%
9.2%
65 and older
.9%
1.0%
.6%
Total
100%
100%
100%

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Physical Therapists Specialties

Forty-four percent of respondents reported specialized training in one or more physical therapy field.

Orthopedics
20%
Pediatrics
8%
Sports medicine
7%
Neurology
5%
Geriatrics
4%
Cardiopulmonary
2%
Other
15%

Primary practice settings by location of Physical Therapists active in Minnesota

 Type of Site

All Physical Therapists
n=1,887

 Urban
n=1,321

 Rural
n=566

Office/clinic

27.9%

31.5%

19.6%

Hospital – inpatient

15.5%

18.8%

8.0%

Hospital – outpatient

19.4%

10.0%

41.3%

Rehab agency/clinic

9.7%

11.1%

6.5%

Home health agency

6.6%

8.1%

2.1%

Long term care facility

11.0%

9.3%

15.0%

Educational institution

5.5%

5.8%

4.8%

Other

6.0%

6.1%

6.0%

Gender by type of primary practice site of Physical Therapists active in Minnesota

 Type of Site

N

 Male

 Female

Office/clinic

527

32.3%

67.7%

Hospital – inpatient

293

11.9%

88.1%

Hospital – outpatient

366

30.1%

69.9%

Rehab agency/clinic

183

24.0%

76.0%

Home health agency

119

21.8%

78.2%

Long term care facility

207

15.9%

84.1%

Educational institution

103

7.8%

92.2%

Other

114

24.6%

74.5%

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 Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


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Licensing survey raw data 2004 – comma delimited file

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  • Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:28PM