Physiotherapy in Korea

 

 physiotherapy in korea

 

History of Korean physical therapy association

link: http://eng.kpta.co.kr/index.php

KPTA was founded by Miss Thelma Maw (Korean name: Woo-Sook Maw), an American missionary and physical therapist, who first brought physical therapy to Korea in 1949.

Standard school education was initially started at Soodo Medical Schoolin 1963 and then Yonsei University began the program of a four-year college course in 1979.

Now, there are 29 colleges available with a three-year-course, 26 with a four-year-course, 7 graduate schools, and 5 doctoral degree courses in Korea and they raise about 2020 students every year.

Pursuant to the law of medical technicians, a corporation of Korea Physical Therapy Association was established on 1st of October,1965 and then given corporation permit on 18th of October, 1966. Please refer to more details bellow.

 

1960’s

01. 10. 1965 Hosting the first general meeting for organizing (tentatively named) Korea Physical Therapy Association

18. 10. 1966 Approval of a corporation as Korea Physical Therapy Association (articles of association permitted, Ministry of health and welfare No.762)

1970’s

01.0 5. 1974 Renewed medical assistant certification to medical technician certification.

13. 06. 1974 Initially joined the 8th WCPT conference and 7th international meeting *Officially joined WCPT as a regular member

29. 05. 1976  Hosting the first KTPA general meeting

1980’s

5~8. 01. 1981 Hosting the first general meeting for organizing (tentatively named) Korea Physical Therapy Association

18. 10. 1966 Approval of a corporation as Korea Physical Therapy Association (articles of association permitted, Ministry of health and welfare No.762)

1990’s

26~27. 05. 1990 The 15th nation-wide scientific conference

08~14. 10. 1990 Joined the 4th Asia-Oceania meeting and Asia-Pacific international meeting (Location : Jakarta, Indonesia)

24. 11. 1990 Hosting the 7th tentative representative conference. Elected the 16th representatives (The 16th president : Dr. Jung-Sook Kim)

2000’s

01. 10. 2000 The 45th overall scientific conference (Location : Kungook Univ. New Millenium Hall) (Participants : SandraMoore, a president of WCPT and other about 1000 people)

30. 10 ~ 01. 11. 2005 The 4th Asia-Western Pacific of WCPT conference and the 9th ACPT conference (Location : Seoul Kyoyuk Munhwa Hoekwan)

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