Are you interested in how the human body works and moves? Do you excel in science? Can you motivate others? Are you interested in a hands-on career? Then consider an advanced degree in Physical Therapy! There are three types of degrees offered in the field of physical therapy:
The Direct Entry Master’s in Physical Therapy (MPT) is an excellent choice for those who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are looking to pursue a career in physical therapy. This is a two-year-long master’s program. For the first year, students are in the classroom. The second year consists of field work with students practicing physical therapy in a clinical setting.
The Transitional Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy (MSPT) was created for physical therapists who already have a physical therapy bachelor’s degree. It allows these professionals to advance their education without having to study information they already know.
The Direct Entry Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) is another excellent choice for students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are looking to pursue a career in physical therapy. This degree is typically earned in three years.
- Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)- allows applicants to use one application and set of materials to apply to multiple PT education programs. More than 75% of PT education programs participate in PTCAS.
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
- Academic Council of the American Physical Therapy Association (ACAPT)
Where do Physical Therapists Work?
- Acute Care
- Extended Care Facility (e.g., Nursing Home)
- Home Health
- Industrial and Workplace Environments
- Outpatient Clinic
- Rehabilitation Hospital
- Research Center
- Wellness, Prevention, Sports, and Fitness Center
- Research Physical Therapy Programs before you apply. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) website is a good place to start.
- Complete course requirements.
- Gain PT observation experiences.
- Take the GRE and check each school you are interested in to see if they have a minimum GRE score. Usually a total score of at least 1500 is recommended. Make sure to take the GRE at least 6 weeks prior to the application deadline.
- Personal Statement: The personal statement is a critical component of your application to PT school. The personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, so it is important to take it seriously. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee understand who you are. Once you have a draft of your personal statement, bring it CCI to be reviewed by one of the Peer Career Advisers or schedule an appointment with Mary or Hannah.