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What does it take to become a Physical Therapists?

I plan on studying Computer Network/Cisco , but Physical Therapists is my second option. #physical-therapist #physical-therapy

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Haven’s Answer

In order to apply to a physical therapy program, a person will need to complete the undergraduate prerequisites. Generally, most programs require biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. However, additional classes can include social sciences and kinesiology. That said, it does not matter what undergraduate degree a person completes (it could be biology, kinesiology, or psychology) as long as the specific prerequisites are met. Additional requirements include physical therapy experience such as internships and GRE score. That said, some schools don't require experience nor GRE score, so it really depends on the program that a person is looking at.

On the other hand, for non-education requirements a person who is considering a career in physical therapy should have a passion in helping others, exercise, and taking care of oneself. A physical therapist needs great communication, problem solving, adaptability, creativity, and compassion since they will be working with clients for weeks and months to improve their mobility and function.

My best advice for someone considering a career in physical therapy is to try get an experience at a physical therapy setting. In doing so, you will see how they work with patients, realize what necessary skills are needed, and how much behind the scene is done outside of helping patients. Ultimately, with an experience you will have a greater understanding for yourself of whether physical therapy is a career worth pursing.
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Ken’s Answer

To become a PT you will need to achieve a doctorate in PT degree. My wife is a graduate of Duquesne University's combined BS/DPT program, which guaranteed admission to the DPT program as an incoming college freshmen, contingent on satisfactory undergraduate performance and allowed her to complete both degrees in six years. I'd highly recommend pursuing such a program if possible because admission to DPT programs is very competitive.

You will definitely want to spend some time in physical therapy clinics to get a better understanding of whether this career could be right for you. Most employ aids to wash towels, clean surfaces, etc. - you can obtain a job as an aid during or even before college.
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