The Adventures Of Earning A Physical Therapy Degree

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The Adventures of Earning a Physical Therapy Degree Molly M. Walsh Mercer County Community College Coach Kal, HPE 151 November 13, 2015 Physical Therapy has become an extremely desirable career within the past ten years, growing steadily each year. The interest generally sparks in students that are athletes and who are interested in the body. However, most prospective students don’t comprehend the time, effort and enormous dedication required to pursue a career in physical therapy. In addition to the ignorance, they also are unaware of the actual description and roles of being a physical therapist. While many believe it just consists of showing people exercises and helping them work out, there is so much more to being a…show more content…
Prior to ten years ago, a typical physical therapist had their masters in physical therapy with bachelors in either kinesiology, biology, or exercise science. However, due to the demand for physical therapist and new discoveries and findings to improve treatments. The NPTA which is the National Physical Therapy Association has required that after 2006 all graduating students, in order to be a practicing physical therapist they must obtain a doctorate in physical therapy. Although, the requirement was grandfathered to those who already were practicing, those with doctorates were being paid more, had more clientele and were allowed more freedom. Due to this increase, many physical therapist with master 's obtained their doctorate to stay competitive and knowledgeable of their profession. To become a physical therapist, a student must earn a professional degree, such as a doctorate in physical therapy. College programs vary in physical therapy but are typically an incorporation of classwork and clinical rotations. Additionally, in order to be recognized by the state, the person have been licensed to legally work as a physical therapist. Due to demand, there have become different programs available to obtain a doctorate. For example, there is a 3+3 accelerated program consisting of 3 years of an undergraduate with a concentration on coursework and labs, while the
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