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This symbol is called a caduceus, it is the symbol of medicine

Physical Therapy[pic 2]

        Physical Therapy in the United States is an occupation that is growing by 36%. I, myself, aspire to become a physical therapist one day and am just starting my path on becoming one. To achieve the job that I want to make a living with, I must first go to college and get the degree necessary to practice physical therapy. [pic 3]

        There are 3 different degrees:

 The Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) which is offered in the United States to all new students. To achieve the DPT degree, one must have their bachelors (undergraduate) degree, to start. Then, one must continue to get their DPT degree by completing 3-4 more years of school.

The Master of Physical Therapy Degree (MPT) & the Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree (MSPT) is no longer offered to any new students.

On average, the duration of professional DPT programs are three years. Some of the classes taken are:

  • Physiology
  • Biology/Anatomy
  • Cellular histology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Ethics/values
  • Management sciences
  • Biomechanics
  • Finance
  • Sociology
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Endocrine & metabolic
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular & pulmonary
  • General Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Kinesiology
  • Communication

Most of the curriculum is spent inside the classroom about 80%. Outside the classroom in clinical education only 20%.

To get into the professional physical therapy degree without having to earn your bachelor’s degree first, some students can get in, depending on certain variables like GPA.

The key to attending a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree program (DPT) is to make sure it’s by CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education).

Different factors to take into consideration when choosing a class:

  • Program structure & curriculum
  • Different kinds of clinical education & training opportunities[pic 4]
  • Faculty composition & cohesiveness
  • Student demographics[pic 5]
  • Classroom ETC
  • Campus setting[pic 6]
  • Size of school[pic 7]
  • Size of PT programs

These are just a few of the factors to take into consideration when choosing a school and program. Sometimes asking people that have attended the school program or professors helps.

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To the left is a picture of a physical therapy college class in work. I am not sure since I found this picture online but I believe that this is a second-year class seeing as how you must be a third-year student to work with patients and they are working with each other.

The APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) doesn’t rank their DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree) programs.

The Tuition cost for a public school In-state for the program is about $14,427.

        The tuition cost for out-of-state public schools for the program about $29,157.

        The tuition cost for a private school for the program is about $31,716.

There are many scholarships, grants, and loans that can be given out to students looking to enroll in the DPT programs (Doctor of Physical Therapy) such as the ones below, but not limited to:



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