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What is the best route to become a physical therapist?

What is the best routes for me to take to show that I am more willing than my peers to be a top physical therapist?
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Patrick’s Answer

First, to become a physical therapist you will need to graduate from an accredited physical therapy program. You can find a list of accredited schools at apta .org


GPA will be the biggest differentiator between you and your peers. Getting good grades in higher level biology, kinesiology, chemisty, or other science classes will boost your chances of getting into a program! The school I worked for liked to have students who took an anatomy class with a real cadaver, but schools don't offer that as much recently.


It would also help you to have volunteer hours with a physical therapist. Most schools are looking for about 100 volunteer hours. Unfortunately, no amount of volunteer hours will make-up for a low GPA.

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Riley’s Answer

I would recommend becoming a physical therapy aide/tech to add to your resume for a potential physical therapy school application. It is a great job to build patient care experience and general knowledge of physical therapy. Having a job specific to your future career goals on your resume will definitely boost your chances of going to physical therapy school. Additionally, a competitive GPA in college is always important. A great tip is to find schools you are interested in and check their admissions requirements such as GPA, prerequisite courses, volunteer hours, and GRE/graduate school testing. Good luck!
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