Physical Therapist

Career Name:

Physical Therapist

Occasionally called PTs.

Eduction/Training Required:

  • It generally takes about seven to eight years to become a physical therapist.

  • Before entering physical therapy program, one must first get a bachelor’s degree. While getting a bachelor degree, it is highly recommended that future physical therapists take required courses like anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.

  • In order to become a therapist, one must graduate from physical therapist education program and get a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

  • Physical therapists take courses on biology, chemistry, and physics. They also have to study specialized courses like biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth, manifestations of disease, examination techniques as well as therapeutic procedures.

  • It generally takes about three years to complete a DPT degree.

  • After getting a DPT degree, it is recommended that one complete a residency. Residencies are generally a year long.

  • Physical therapists have to take the National Physical Therapy Exam to get their license. Physical therapists in the US can not practice without this license.

  • Physical therapists need to keep on taking classes to maintain their license. These requirements vary from state to state.

  • University of Southern California, University of Delaware, and New York University are considered to have great physical therapy programs.

Responsibilities and Daily:

  • Physical therapists help injured/ill patients improve their movement and manage their pain.

  • Physical therapists can be crucial in a rehabilitation and treatment programs.

  • Physical therapists can work in offices, hospitals, clinic, and nursing homes. They often spend a lot of time standing while actively engaging with their patients.

  • They use different types of technique to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and attempt to prevent permanent disabilities in their patients.

  • Physical therapists often consult with doctors and surgeons to find the right way to treat a patient.

Salary Range:

  • The average wage of physical therapists in America is $83,940.

  • The average wage of physical therapists in America is $92,210.

Self-Reflection:

I’m not interested in this profession. I understand that it’s an important job, but I’m just not interested in it at all.

Sources:

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Greenwood, B. (n.d.). How to Become a Physical Therapist. Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.ehow.com/how_17701_become-physical-therapist.html


Physical Therapist Summary. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm

Physical Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/physical-therapy-rankings

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