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Do you have any advice for me to become a Physical Therapist?

I am a senior at KIPP Renaissance High School in New Orleans, LA I'm trying to find more information on how to become a Physical Therapist. I would appreciate any information you guys can give me. Please and thank you. #PT #physical-therapy #physical-therapist

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Coreyneisha:

Thank you for your question. I'm currently going through physical therapy and boy do I appreciate my therapists. They challenge me to move past my pain. FYI, I've researched your question and hope you find the information useful.

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain. They are often an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

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Physical therapists entering the occupation need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

DPT programs typically last 3 years. Many programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as prerequisite courses, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Most DPT programs require candidates to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become a Physical Therapist • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm#tab-4
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Carol’s Answer

Hi Coreyneisha. While I have not recruited for Physical Therapists, I have found that the best way to find out about any job or job field is to go online and ask. I used Google. Here is some of what I found.

Physical Therapy Schools & Careers | How to Become a Physical ...

  1. https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/physical-therapist/

Steps to Becoming a Physical Therapist. Earn a Bachelor's Degree in a Health-Related Field. Complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program. Meet Your State's Licensing Requirements. Complete a Residency (Optional) Obtain Board Certification (Optional)


Also there is the American Physical Therapy Association that gives you lots of helpful information.

http://www.apta.org


Hope this helps to get you started.

One of my best friends has been a Physical Therapist for years and loves doing the work. Feel free to reach back out.

Carol

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