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Physical Therapists (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Physical Therapists (Occupational Outlook Handbook) – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is the median wage of a physical therapist?
  • What career could a physical therapist charge to?
  • What sorts of courses do physical therapists need to take during their training?

Description:

Profile is divided into the following sections: what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more info. Here’s a peek from the “How to become one” section:

Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last 3 years; MPT programs require 2 to 3 years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.

Physical therapy programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapy students also complete clinical rotations, enabling them to gain supervised work experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

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