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Physical Therapy

Description

Physical therapists care for people who have been disabled through injury, illness, developmental defects, and aging. The level of responsibilities depends on experience, specialization, and advanced education. They evaluate muscular and related functions and use various therapeutic treatments. PTs may work on referral of a physician or independently.

About PT/PTA Careers
A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist
A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist Two
Advance Healthcare Network for Physical Therapy; Student Center
American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts
Becoming a Physical Therapist
Des Moines University Discover DMU Day, April 10, 2015 (info on PT program)
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS) (for sophomores and juniors interested in physical therapy)
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
How to Become a Physical Therapist
"Move Toward a Physical Therapist Career" Slide Show
Pediatric Physical Therapist Interview
Physical Therapist Career
Physical Therapist Career Guide
Physical Therapist: Career Information
Physical Therapist Career Overview
Physical Therapist Career Profile
Physical Therapist Career Profile Two
Physical Therapist Career Q&A
Physical Therapist Interview
Physical Therapist Interview Two
Physical Therapist Occupational Outlook
Physical Therapist Salaries
Physical Therapy Articles Index
Physical Therapy Journals
Physical Therapy Library
Physical Therapy Overview
Physical Therapy Web
Scholarships, Awards, and Grants
Types of Physical Therapy
Wayne State U. Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Information Meetings on Physical Therapy Program (first Tuesday of every month)
"You Can Be Me: A Career in Physical Therapy" Video

Degree

M.P.T. (Master's Degree program recommended for students who have completed a BA/BS Degree.)
D.P.T. (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Program Length

2-3 years

Professional Schools' Organization

APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
Accredited PT and PTA Programs
Physical Therapy Graduate School Programs
Physical Therapy Graduate School Ranking
Physical Therapy Schools and Careers Resource Center
Physical Therapy Schools
Physical Therapy Schools and Programs

 

Application Service

PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service)
PTCAS Deadlines Grouped by Program Name; Grouped by Date
PTCAS Fee Waiver
PTCAS Programs Sorted by Name; Sorted by State
Non-Participating Programs

Academic Admission Requirements

One semester each of General Psychology, Advanced Psychology, Math, English, Statistics. Two semesters each: Chemistry, Physics; three semesters minimum of Biology including one semester each of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.
PTCAS Course Prerequisites Summary

 

Admission Exam

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Most PT programs require significant and extended experience in physical therapy or other heath related experiences.
PT Observation Requirements by Program

Recommendation Letters

No standard form.
Reference Letter Packets
Reference Requirements by Program