Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs that achieve healthy and active lifestyles (from American Physical Therapy Association Web site: www.apta.org).
You will need to have a graduate degree, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
You will need to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree and an additional two to three years in a graduate program.
Any major will qualify you to apply to a graduate Physical Therapy program, but you will need to take certain courses to prepare you for this course of study. Different graduate programs require different courses. Brenau University’s physical therapy program will require two chemistry courses, two physics courses, three biology courses, including a physiology, a statistics course and two psychology courses.
According to the APTA Web site, the median salary (meaning half earn more and half earn less) for a Physical Therapist is $68,000 a year. This varies by years of experience, specialty area and the location.
Physical therapists may own their own clinics, or work in hospitals, clinics, homes, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and fitness centers, among many possibilities.
There is a high demand for physical therapists in the workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Physical Therapists is expected to grow by 39% from 2010 to 2020.
CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited, or are seeking accreditation by CAPTE, and complaints about CAPTE itself. This process is described on the CAPTE web site by clicking the “Complaints” link. For more information regarding the process of filing a complaint with CAPTE, please contact the:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085