Be sure that the undergraduate or graduate educational program you choose is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This commission is affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association. They accredit both entry-level academic programs as well as some graduate programs. Once you graduate from an accredited program, you will also have to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and become licensed in your state. State requirements will vary for licensure. Most require a degree and passing the exam, and some will also require continuing education in order to keep your license. This job can be demanding both physically and mentally, and requires a lot of education in order to be qualified. However, it is one that will enjoy growth and security, and could be emotionally rewarding. It is perfect for those seeking a rewarding health care job that requires advanced education, stamina, and working with motivated people.
Each program differs from state to state and each has a specific curriculum that you’ll need to take in order to graduate. Before you can be accepted into most curriculums you must first successfully pass some general education classes that will help you prepare for the physical therapy program. These classes may include but are not limited to psychology, biology, physics, chemistry, statistics, English, professional writing, and humanities. After you are accepted into the program the courses will become more focused on the physical therapy practice. This will include basic and clinical medical science courses and emphasize the theory and practice of physical therapy. In addition to classroom learning the program will also require students to apply and incorporate what they have learned through hands on clinical education in various physical therapy settings.