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Steps to become a physical therapist?


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Sachin’s Answer

Hi Tommy,

Thanks for the question!

You would need to get your bachelors and meet requirements for grad school, typically a year of all the basic sciences, math, anatomy and physiology. Then it is a 3 year doctorate program, after which you take a board exam. Board certification is voluntary for physical therapists. However, earning certification in a clinical specialty could open up opportunities for career advancement. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) offers certification in nine specialty areas, including cardiovascular and pulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, and geriatrics. To be eligible for certification, candidates must be licensed and have completed at least 2,000 clinical practice hours in their specialty area. Eligible candidates who pass an exam are awarded specialty certification. Certified specialists must be re-certified after ten years.

Source: https://study.com/articles/Physical_Therapy_Required_Education_to_Be_a_Physical_Therapist.html

Hope this helps and good luck!


Hey Tommy here, thanks for answering my question. Just curious is getting a Board Certification a necessity for becoming a physical therapist or is it a way to dive more into specific branches of physical therapy? Thank You -Tommy Tommy N.

Board Certification is optional and not a necessity. Sachin Hegde

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Jessica’s Answer

This is a great question. You will need to first obtain your bachelor's degree and keep a high enough gpa to get into graduate school to get your masters. Graduate school would also include clinicals and rotations which are necessary for this profession.

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