ALEXIS WILLIAMS Becoming a Physical Therapist: A Guide for College Students
Help people! So you want to be a Physical Therapist? 2.5-3 years of graduate school Graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Gain certifications to further offer services to patients Have opportunities to work with different patients Athletes Post-surgery Special populations
More about being a Physical Therapist Need for physical therapists higher than ever! Average salary for PT ~$80,000 Many opportunities in the field Join military for loan relief/scholarships In-home sessions Hospital settings Out-patient private practice
Work with the elderly Help with rehabilitation of veterans Aid athletes with injuries
What does a Physical Therapist do? Evaluate movements including Range of Motion Posture Muscle Coordination Prescribe exercises Electric Stimulation Therapy Discuss exercise options with physician Keep patients healthy!
Some options for schooling University of Delaware Newark, Delaware UMDNJ/Rutgers University Stratford or Newark, New Jersey Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Official Physical Therapist accredited by the National Association of Physical Therapists
University of Delaware Ranked #2 in the country for physical therapy graduate programs Offers a DPT and a DPT/PHD program DPT program is 2.5 years $100k out-of-state tuition (for entire program) Go here for more info!here
DPT Program DPT/PHD Program 2.5 years of school Every program session begins in July Choose concentration of Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, and Orthopedics 5 years of school DPT program is shortened PHD programs offered in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences TA positions available University of Delaware
Rutgers University Choose from campus in Stratford or Newark, New Jersey Offers community service project to screen migrant workers and their families for musculoskeletal dysfunction Offers entry level DPT programs in both locations, offers additional PHD in Health Sciences at Newark campus
Rutgers University DPT program is 3 years long begins in May each year Year round program only open to full time students Program is intense and “difficult to maintain employment” while involved Tuition is $21k per year in-state Go here for info about Stratford campushere Go here for info about Newark campushere
Drexel University 2.5 year DPT program 38 week clinical sessions 100% pass rate on licensure Offers scholarships from $25k-$65k
Drexel University Uses technology including iPhones, tablets, and labs Has early admission agreement with Rowan Tuition roughly $63k in-state or out-of-state Go here for more info!here Go here for more info!here
Prerequisites of Physical Therapy School Most PT schools require these courses before entry: Psychology Physics (2 classes w/ lab) Chemistry (2 classes w/ lab) Biology (2 classes w/ lab) Anatomy and Physiology (2 classes w/ lab)
Prerequisites of Physical Therapy School Volunteer hours approved by a licensed physical therapist Usually 100-150 hours of service Getting a C or better in prerequisites A Bachelors degree or higher Typically a GRE or GMAT exam required
Typical Classes of Physical Therapy School Geriatrics Neuroscience Anatomy
Typical Classes of Physical Therapy School Biomechanics Physiology Pediatrics
Become a physical therapist TODAY Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing careers Help people get back on their feet in a great profession Love what you do!
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