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What skills do you need to have to become a physical therapist?

Theresa Perry

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Chelsea Hayes on August 24, 2018

The following is written by and according to the Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for physical therapists. The American Physicalto the Therapy Association's accrediting body, called the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (ENGAGE), accredits entry-level academic programs in physical therapy. In 2009, there were 212 physical therapist education programs. Of these accredited programs, 12 awarded master's degrees; and 200 awarded doctoral degrees. Currently, only graduate degree physical therapist programs are accredited. Master's degree programs typically are 2 to 2.5 years in length, while doctoral degree programs last 3 years. Physical therapist education programs include foundational science courses, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, cellular histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/imaging, as well as behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. Some of the clinically the courses include medical screening, examination tests and measures, diagnostic process, therapeutic interventions, outcomes assessment and practice management. In addition to 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, physics, social sciences, mathematics and statistics. Before granting admission, many programs require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic. 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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