Physical Therapist Schools & Training

PT is considered a primary care treatment, offered with other medical services, and in some areas, a physical therapist can prescribe mediation. All states require a license to practice, and additional specialty certification is also available. PTs must acquire a doctorate of physical therapy degree (DPT) that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Education (CAPTE). These typically take three years to complete and include classroom and lab instruction where patient evaluation and examination is required. A bachelor’s degree is generally required to begin the CAPTE program though schools do offer combined undergrad and doctoral degrees. Sometimes volunteering within inpatient, outpatient, and rehabilitative settings will be required before admission to a doctoral program is permitted. Advancement in a career as a PT usually includes earning a certificate from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in one of 7 categories:

  1. Orthopedics
  2. Sports
  3. Clinical electrophysiology
  4. Geriatrics
  5. Neurology
  6. Cardiovascular
  7. Pulmonary

Further testing and logged work hours in the specialty is required.

Basic certification to become a working PT:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Volunteering in PT environments
  • Doctoral degree

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University of Puget Sound

University of Puget Sound Overview The University of Puget Sound Physical Therapy program focuses on the idea that physical therapy epitomizes ...
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Northern Vermont University

Northern Vermont University Overview This Physical Therapy program is a thorough, science-based curriculum that prepares graduates for admission to doctorate of ...
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Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy

Shenandoah University Division of Physical Therapy Overview Shenandoah University's Division of Physical Therapy prepares students to become professionals that give evidence‐based, ...
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UW Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

UW Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Overview The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Washington offers a balanced ...
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University of Lynchburg Physical Therapy Program

University of Lynchburg Overview The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession in three ...
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UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences Overview UVM's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares doctoral candidates for work in ...
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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP)

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) Overview The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Rocky Mountain University of Health ...
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West Virginia University

West Virginia University Overview The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the WVU School of Medicine offers a certified ...
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Marshall University

Marshall University Overview Marshall University is a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). Educational programs support personnel, ...
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UNT HSC Physical Therapy

UNT HSC Physical Therapy Overview This 33-month Doctor of Physical Therapy program incorporates teaching by physical therapy professionals, offers a low ...
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University of Utah College of Health

University of Utah College of Health Overview Physical therapy is "the study of mending and the specialty of mindful." It joins ...
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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College Overview Physical Therapists normally hold a 4-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology or Exercise Science as ...
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University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison Overview At the University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, they prepare students to enter the workforce ...
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Casper College

Casper College Overview The Casper College physical therapy program is a transfer program. This Associate of Science (A.S.) degree prepares students ...
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TWU School of Physical Therapy

TWU School of Physical Therapy Overview The DPT program requires eight semesters of full-time graduate study over 33 months (including summers) ...
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Department of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University

Department of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University Overview Tennessee State University is the main university in Middle Tennessee to graduate ...
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Belmont University School of Physical Therapy – DPT

Belmont University School of Physical Therapy - DPT Overview The School of Physical Therapy has been graduating practitioners in the field ...
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University of Sioux Falls

University of Sioux Falls Overview This pre-profesional program is intended to prepare students for doctoral study as a physical therapy generalist ...
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University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming Overview Physical and occupational therapists work with individuals to improve their ability to live independent and satisfying ...
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South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Overview Physical therapists are trained human services professionals who help patients improve their quality of life through ...
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