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What would you recommend I do at this point to get into this field?

Hello my name is Justin I'm highly interested in getting into physical therapy. #physical


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Roy’s Answer

Get to know a Physical Therapist. Shadow them for a few days and see what they do. The more you shadow, the more you will learn. I know there are several schools that teach the program. All programs offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. DPT programs typically last 3 years. Many programs require a bachelor's degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. 


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There are many graduate schools where you can earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy with specific undergraduate course requirements including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Math, Psychology, etc. There are also Associates degrees you can get as a Physical Therapy Assistant. The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) must be supervised by a Physical Therapist (PT) so there is less autonomy as a PTA. It would be very beneficial to get a shadowing opportunity at one of the many settings that we can work at including hospitals, nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities, home care and outpatient physical therapy clinics. When shadowing, see if you can shadow a PTA and PT and get a better idea of what the day-to-day job entails. Take every opinion with a grain of salt because there are many different settings, employers and work flows that may or may not suit your personality or work/life balance.

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