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Do physical therapist have to go through residency?

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Anna’s Answer

To become board-certified, you need to do two main things. First, pass the National Physical Therapy exam. Second, finish a program that's approved by the American Physical Therapy Association, or gain 2,000 hours of hands-on experience in the field. This way, you'll be all set!

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Becoming a physical therapist requires a 4 year college degree (bachelor's degree) in a related field or a science major. Then you will apply to a school that offers a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree (typically 3 years). Therefore, it takes about 7 years to become a physical therapist. A residency is not necessary to becoming board certified as a physical therapist.

It is important to do well in high school and college with a GPA higher than 3.0 to get accepted into a DPT program. You should take the GRE (Graduate Records Examination) to help give your application a boost to being selected into the program. Letter of recommendations are also required. Some DPTs programs may require completion of a certain number of PT observation hours (often ranging from 25-100 hours). After the completion of your DPT, you will need to pass the licensing requirements in the State that you will be practicing.
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