Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.
A Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences includes most of the prerequisites; however any academic baccalaureate degree will be acceptable that includes these prerequisites. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for entry into most PT programs. To be accepted into a PT program, a GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale and high GRE scores are needed. Most programs also require 45+ job shadowing/experiential hours in the health care field (preferably PT).
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