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Physical Therapist

Carrier Settings:There are many opportunities of employment for physical therapists and the option are continuing to grow. Physical therapists practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private offices, home health agencies, schools, sport and fitness facilities, work settings and skilled nursing facilities. The hospital is the most common job setting providing many opportunities to focus on a specialty such as orthopedic, geriatrics and acute care.

Job Placement:The government says, "employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations". With this expected growth in the physical therapy field graduates will have many opportunities of employment after graduation and throughout their carrier.

Continuing Education:Continuing education credits are usually required for licensed and certified individuals in the health care system. Depending on the type of organization, the level of certification and state certified in, the cost and amount of CEU required varies. For licensed physical therapists the best way to obtain continuing education opportunities is through the APTA.Carrier Advancement:Staying on top of emerging technologies and embracing new developments in the field will give you an edge, but continuing education is essential to real career development. Some carrier developing opportunities include a residency and fellowship, ABPTS specialist certification, credentialed clinical instructor program, post-professional degree, leadership development and PTA recognition of advance proficiency.

Benefits:-Wide Variety of Work Settings/ Clients -Working in a Carrier that Helps Many People which is Satisfying/ Rewarding-High Level of Education & Knowledge-Interacting with People-Excellent Salaries-Flexible hours/ Opportunities to Work Part-time

Challenges:-Physically Demanding-Maintaining a Level of Physical Fitness-Dealing with Insurance Companies-Extended time for Education-Cost of Education-Excessive Paperwork Responsibilities

Statistics:The tuition and fee rates for DPT programs in 2011 were 15,831 for public school and 30,672 for private schools.The National Physical Therapy Examination passing rate was 89% for first time test takers in 2011.

Samantha AdornettoHES 172 TCNJDr. Bush-Wallace


Salary:A physical therapist salary is depending among many factors such as years of experience, position, practice setting, geographical setting and level of education. Reports read that the median annual wage in 2013 for physical therapists is 79,860.

Carrier Overview:Physical therapy is a demanding and competitive field that provides treatment to injuries or pain examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by physical therapists. Physical therapist are an essential part of the healthcare system by assuming roles that involve restoring mobility, improving function, managing pain ad prevent or limiting disabilities cause by injury or diseases. Physical therapists are highly educated individuals that promote health, wellness and fitness for people throughout the world. There services have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process and they use their professional knowledge and skills to interact with patients to achieve their highest level of physical function.Educational Requirements:Most physical therapy education programs require a bachelor's degree after graduating high school prior to the admissions to the DPT/MPT programs. There are many undergraduate programs that are accepted all with a significant amount of science coursework such as anatomy, biology or physiology There are also accelerated programs offered that consider a student pre-PT for 3 years prior to advancing to the actual 3 year DPT/MPT program. After achieving an undergraduate degree, it is very important that students attend a physical therapy program accredited by CAPTE and some of these accredited programs require the GRE as a pre-entrance exam. Most programs are now doctorate degree programs rather then master because the APTA now requires all graduates of accredited programs to have a doctorate degree in physical therapy.Certifications, Licensures, National Exams:The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy administers the NPTE, the examination that every graduate of a physical therapy education program must pass to become a licensed physical therapist in the United States. In order to legally practice physical therapy this licensed is required for every graduate in all 50 states. The scoring for this exam is based between 200-800 with 600 being the minimum passing score.


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