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how many years of school do you typically need to be a physical therapist

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Velma’s Answer

It takes 7 years in total. 4 years to complete an undergraduate degree and then an additional 3 years for the direct physical therapy courses which are well worth the time spent and a fulfilling career as well. I hope this helps.

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Contact a university to ask about their undergraduate programs for Physical Therapy.
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Brenn M.’s Answer

Hi Damien

The answer to your question will depend on what level of Physical Therapy you want to work in. You can start as a PTA, Physical Therapy Assistant who often monitors the therapies provided to a patient and works under a Physical Therapist's direction. Many do this while in the latter stages of the full training to gain hands-on experience while they finish their studies. For those that do not want to invest, on average, 4 more years of school and residency training can often gain consistent employment at this level. And, if you choose to pick an area to specialize in, that often requires even longer training.

I suggest contacting your local colleges there in Iowa and find out what their programs include and what the process is for the level of Physical Therapy that you'd like to achieve. I've listed some below for you.

Good Luck,

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Des Moines University Graduate: https://www.dmu.edu/pt/program-strengths/?zcode=13790704a1&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0fr_BRDaARIsAABw4EsHHlwhVjTo5vq3tKJiYdZJcgHJHHA53pIwZOBuCjI-31qZip-Ueq8aArP8EALw_wcB
Iowa State Undergrad: https://www.kin.hs.iastate.edu/find-majors/kinesiology-and-health/
University of Iowa Health Care: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/pt/education/doctor-physical-therapy-dpt-program
U of Iowa Undergrad: https://admissions.uiowa.edu/academics/physical-therapy-preprofessional-program