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1.-What con's come with this job,2-What is a good college near me for this career,3- pay?,4-suggested classes?

Hello!, my name is Meeya and iv'e become very interested in being a Physical Therapist!. #job , I love helping people and being able to see them grow as a person!. Tho I have found so many pros with this job I would love to know what the cons are of this career!. #career-choice #Physical-therapist Another thing i'm very interested in understanding is what good colleges offer the classes I need in order to become a Physical Therapist near me!. I am also curious about the pay!. All the different sites I have been on have all given me different results from one-another. And finally I would love to know any suggested classes I should take in order to become successful with this career!. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I really appreciate it! #people #job #professionals #Therapist

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Beth’s Answer

Hi Meeya, I'm not sure where you live, but I would suggest you take a look at the American Physical Therapy Association website (apta.org). There is a ton of very valuable information for students and you can search schools near you with an accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Information about the admission requirements and courses you need to enter are included on this site, so it can save you a lot of research time. Typically an undergraduate major in the sciences will be helpful to you, because many of the classes you'll have to take for your major will apply to the requirements to enter a DPT program. If you're certain that you want to be a PT, consider direct admission programs which allow you to apply for direct admission into the graduate program from high school. You would complete your undergrad work in 3 years and move to the graduate program for the next 3 years, allowing you to compress the typical 7 years of schooling into 6 years, and direct admissions relieves the stress of applying to a DPT program. There are tons of positives with this profession, some of which you mentioned, but it is a physical job, so it can be physically strenuous.
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Donna’s Answer

First of all, good for you for checking out this question early so you can be prepared for what you need to do in college and beyond. As a PT professor for 20 years, serving many years on admission boards, I recommend that no matter what your undergrad degree major is, that you make sure you meet the prerequisites of the PT schools you are intending to apply to. So, first, identify several PT schools that you want to apply to then go into the school's on-line catalog and see what each particular school requires for admission to PT school. For example, some schools may require a microbiology course or an advanced chemistry but others may not. Just be sure that you use your undergrad elective credits to take any courses outside of those required by your major that you may need to meet the PT prerequisites. And always apply to more than one PT school!
Study hard and good luck...
Pay scales vary based on what setting you work in and what geographical part of the country, so that is why you are getting various salaries.
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