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How many years of college education--or higher--is needed to to become a physical therapist?

I am a senior in high school and I am interesting in majoring in kinesiology. #physical-therapy #physical-therapy #physical-therapist #college #psychology #medicine

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Cheryl’s Answer

You will need a doctorate degree to be a physical therapist, basically 7-8 years. These programs are typically competitive, so great grades will be required for your Bachelor’s ( 4 Yr) and graduate degree ( 2 more years). Then you go for your doctorate degree- usually 1 or 2 more years. I have a friend who became a dr instead…it wasn’t any harder. Another option is to become a Physical Therapy Asst. This degree is only three years, affordable and offered at select community colleges. Pay for a PT assistant is good. These programs are also fairly competitive, but more hands-on. Good luck!
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Emily’s Answer

Hi Shi,
Some of my friends are going to Physical Therapy and they are majoring in exercise science! They are also getting just a bachelor's degree but of course you can always get more degrees for a higher salary. Exercise science is a good career if you want to be able to go to medical school as well.
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Matt’s Answer

Hello Shi,
Great question and an awesome field to get involved in.
To become a Physical Therapist, you will have to get your bachelors degree (kineseology is a good option but some schools with have a pre-physical therapy major). Once you complete your bachelors program you will be required to attend Physical Therapy Grad School which typically is about 2 years worth of schooling.

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