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what it takes to be a therapist


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Brittany’s Answer

To practice as a physical therapist, you will need to earn your Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). You can attend a 4 year undergrad program, followed by a 3 year graduate program. Some schools offer a 3+3 direct entry program. With these you enter in the physical therapy program as a freshman, and will continue through the graduate course as long as you meet all of the program requirements. Undergrad degrees could be in biology, health sciences, kinesiology, exercise physiology, just to name a few.

Aside from the education requirements, you will need a strong work ethic and a true passion to help others. You will need an abundance of patience, and empathy. You need to enjoy meeting and interacting with new people, because this job is all about the patients you will help.

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Ann’s Answer

Hi Evelyn,

Physical Therapist is another great option. They often work in hand with Occupational therapists. To be a Physical Therapist you will need to earn your doctorate. There are two ways to do so. The first is to get a Bachelor's in Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy to earn you prerequisites and the apply for a Physical therapy program. The second would be to get a Physical Therapy Assistant Associates or Bachelor's and then go back to complete your prerequisites for the DPT.

If you want to discuss this further, please let me know. I do work with students in pre physical therapy programs.

Hope this helps!

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Rodolfo’s Answer

Guts and grit.

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