||This course is designed to promote the importance of professional participation and service. Through participation in professional activities, students will understand the organization of the physical therapy profession and how the governance of physical therapy practice and education affects physical therapists and the care of their patients. Students will have an opportunity to become advocates of the profession at the local, state, and national level, witness and participate in the governance of the profession; take part in discussions of professional issues such as ethics and direct access; and interact with physical therapy professionals at different career levels and in varied clinical specialties. Students and their faculty advisors will customize and conduct the student experience as an independent study, following the guidelines established here. Every student in the Touro College Physical Therapy Program is required to be a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association (or other professional PT association) as well as attend three professional physical therapy meetings.