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What degree should you get to become a physical therapist?

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Victoria Fowler on March 5, 2019

The following is written by and according to the Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for a physical therapist.. Individuals pursuing a career as a physical therapist usually need a master's degree from an accredited physical therapy program and a State license, requiring passing scores on national and State examinations. Education and training. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, there were 209 accredited physical therapist education programs in 2007. Of the accredited programs, 43 offered master's degrees and 166 offered doctoral studies. Only master's and doctorate degree programs are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. In the future, a doctoral degree might be the required entry-level degree. Master's programs usually last 2 years, and doctoral degree programs last 3 years. physical therapist education programs start with basic science courses such as biology, chemistry and physics and then introduce specialized courses, including biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth and development, manifestations of disease, examination techniques and therapeutic procedures. Besides getting classroom and laboratory instruction, students receive supervised clinical experience.. Among the undergraduate courses that are useful when one applies to a physical therapist education program are anatomy, biology, chemistry, social sciences, mathematics, and physics. Before granting admission, many programs require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic. For high school students, volunteering with the school athletic trainer is a good way to gain experience.. Licensing. All States regulate the practice of physical therapy. Typical license requirements graduation from an accredited physical therapist education program and passing scores on national and State license exams. Specific eligibility requirements for the license vary from state to State. Other qualifications. The therapists should have strong interpersonal skills so that they can educate patients about their treatments of physical therapy and communicate with patients and their families. Physical therapists also should be compassionate and possess a desire to help patients.. Advancement. The physical therapists are expected to continue their professional development through participation in continuing education courses and workshops. In fact, a number of States require continuing education as a condition for the maintenance of the license. For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (u.s. Department of Labor) indicated directly below this answer section.


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