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U.S. Physical Therapy Programs

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, there were 209 accredited physical therapist education programs in 2007. Of the accredited programs, 43 offered masterís degrees and 166 offered doctoral degrees. Only masterís degree and doctoral degree programs are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. In the future, a doctoral degree might be the required entry-level degree. Masterís degree programs typically last 2 years, and doctoral degree programs last 3 years.

Physical therapist education programs start with basic science courses such as biology, chemistry, and physics and then introduce specialized courses, including biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth and development, manifestations of disease, examination techniques, and therapeutic procedures. Besides getting classroom and laboratory instruction, students receive supervised clinical experience.

Among the undergraduate courses that are useful when one applies to a physical therapist education program are anatomy, biology, chemistry, social science, mathematics, and physics. Before granting admission, many programs require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic. For high school students, volunteering with the school athletic trainer is a good way to gain experience.

Find Physical Therapy programs by State below:

Alabama Physical Therapy Programs
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Vermont Physical Therapy Programs
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West Virginia Physical Therapy Programs
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Programs
Wyoming Physical Therapy Programs

other items of interest:
Physical Therapist Job Outlook
Physical Therapist Earnings

Find more physical therapy resources below:

State Physical Therapy Boards
State Physical Therapy Associations
Physical Therapist License Lookup


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