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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
Advance Healthcare Network for Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts
Becoming a Physical Therapist - Tips, Secrets and Advice
A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist
A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist Two
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
Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
"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 Journal Links
Physical Therapy Library
Physical Therapy Overview
Physical Therapy Student Section
Physical Therapy Virtual Fair, September 16-17, 2014
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)
Western University of Health Sciences Preview Day, November 22, 2014
"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 Schools and Careers Resource Center
Physical Therapy Schools

 

Application Service

PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service)
PTCAS Programs Sorted by Name
PTCAS Programs 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.

Recommendation Letters

No standard form.