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Three years of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree must be completed before applying to a physical therapy program. Biology, physics, chemistry, and psychology classes are typically required as undergraduate coursework. There are several different physical therapy programs offered either as a masters or doctoral degree. After graduating from a physical therapy program, students are expected to pass a national exam before receiving a license.
The graduate degree acquired has two possibilities: Masters of Physical Therapy or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Once the graduate degree is completed, the option of continuing education with a residency or fellowship in a multitude of areas allows for more refined specialization in a topic.
Consideration to schools usually requires the following:
- Undergraduate education that consisted of the basic sciences such as:
- Chemistry and Physics, Statistics, Anatomy, and Behavioral Sciences
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- A minimum of 50-100 hours of PT-related work experience
To become licensed, the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) must be passed along with additional accreditation requirements that vary by each state.
Content provided by PPHS students Mariah Schultz, Christine Spatacean, and Charlotte Ritchie