Career Options - Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists are in demand more than ever before! According to some studies, the demand for physical therapists is expected to grow over 25% by the year 2016. So what exactly does a Physical Therapist do? Physical Therapists are trained to provide services that detect, prevent, and alleviate physical disabilities and functional abilities. They are responsible for maximizing the quality of life and movement potential for patients in their care.  The field encompasses emotional, physiological, and psychological issues which create a strong bond between the therapist and the patient. 

Most students enter physical therapy programs that are three years in length and are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree upon completion. Many programs may include more training or residency if a student wants to specialize in a certain area. While you do not have to be a science major to apply to physical therapy programs, typically students enrolling in physical therapy programs will have taken the following courses:

  • 8 semester credit hours of  Biology
  • 8 semester credit hours of General  Chemistry
  • 8 semester credit hours of Physics
  • 6 semester credit hours of Psychology
  • 6 semester credit hours of Anatomy & Physiology
  • 3 semester credit hours of Statistics
  • 3 semester credit hours of English

This link provides a list of requirements for specific DPT schools.

Please contact our office for more information about specific physical therapy programs.
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