• Physical Therapy

    Physical therapists diagnose and treat patients who have conditions or medical problems that limit mobility and affect daily activities. They work with patients to develop rehabilitation plans to restore physical functioning as well as prevent future disability.

    Physical therapists find careers in health care, schools, athletics, and industry, and are critical in creating health care policies, setting standards in the field, and contributing to professional and community organizations devoted to health, wellness, and fitness.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    It is essential to confirm with any program the course requirements for admittance.

    General requirements include 2 semesters of biology, general chemistry, and physics; anatomy and physiology; statistics; and psychology/social science coursework.

    Also required is a minimum of 100 hours of physical therapy work, volunteer, or observation experience.

    Relevant Tests

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required by most programs.

    Degree Programs

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is typically a three-year degree program focused on coursework in biology, histology, anatomy/physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, ethics, management, finance, sociology, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice. 20% of the curricular time is spent in clinical work. Further education may include clinical residencies or fellowships.

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