Why Become a Physical Therapist
What does a physical therapist do?
- Working with other health care professionals to provide team-based comprehensive care.
- Assessing and diagnosing a patient’s ability to function and move to engage in daily life.
- Working with patients to develop a plan of care that includes goals for long term success.
- Providing treatment such as patient education, therapeutic exercise, hands-on therapy, and use of special equipment to help patients optimize their mobility, ease pain, prevent further injury, and encourage overall health and wellness.
- Educating patients and their families about what to expect from the recovery process and how to cope with challenges along the path to healing.
Steps to becoming a physical therapist
- Earning a bachelor’s degree.
- Having an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (for competitive programs).
- Taking the GRE or having taken the GRE within the past five years.
- Participating in paid or volunteer experiences in a variety of physical therapy settings (e.g., as a physical therapy aide).
- Completing prerequisite coursework (e.g. in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics) along with the requisite lab credits required by the DPT programs you are applying to.
Why get a doctorate in physical therapy?
Benefits of being a physical therapist
Where do DPTs work?
- Offices with groups of therapists including physical, occupational, and speech therapists (33%)
- Hospitals, including state, local, and private (26%)
- Home health care services (10%)
- Nursing and residential care facilities (7 %)