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How long do you have to be in school to be a physical therapist?

I am a sophomore in high school and i plan on going to college to be a physical therapist and i just wanted to know how long you have to go to school. #physical-therapist

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Donna’s Answer

To become a PT, you will need to complete an undergrad degree, usually taking 4 years. Then you can apply to PT schools that will then be an additional 2.5-3 years finishing with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. A DPT is the "entry-level" degree needed to practice physical therapy. Some schools that have DPT programs have "bridge" programs for those who get undergrad degrees at the same school that may decrease the time by a semester or two but often a student has to pre-qualify for those programs and adhere to GPA requirements to keep that pre-qualification.
All physical therapist entering the profession at this point in time must enter at the DPT level. Do NOT seek a masters degree program--most of those programs have been redesigned to be a DPT now or they no longer operate. Please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association website for additional information on becoming a PT.

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Alison’s Answer

All programs at this point are Doctorates, and most are 3 years full time after you finish your Bachelor’s degree. So 7 years of school after high school. If you already know this is what you want to do, there are a few schools that are a combo undergrad and grad program that are typically 6 years.
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