Physical Therapy: A Career As A Physical Therapist

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The career I have selected to pursue is a Physical Therapist. The responsibilities of a Physical Therapist are to diagnose and treat people from all ages newborn until the oldest age a person lives that have medical problems or health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities. The scope of practice is very dynamic, educational, evolving and has societal needs which has three components. One component is professional scope of practice which is supported by educational preparation and based on unique body of knowledge. The professional scope of practice also is based on evidence and linked to emerging practice frameworks. Another component is personal, this consists of activities where you are educated …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the scope of practice of a physical therapist, which is dynamic, educational, evolving, and has societal needs. the salary range for this profession is $58,190- $122,130.
  • Explains that stockton university is accredited by capte and requires a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher and 80-hours of experience to get into the program.
  • Explains the academic requirements to get into the doctorate physical therapy program, which includes an undergraduate degree in biology or health science, and experience in physical therapy volunteer or paid work.
  • Explains that they will take two science courses each semester along with the math and general course requirements. they will also take the gre and apply to more than one school.
  • Explains that the american physical therapy association's website helped them find the information they needed to get into the 3+3 program.

The requirements to get into this program are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, completion of prerequisites with a grade “C” or better and a minimum of 80-hours of experience is required. This program is accredited by CAPTE and is needed because if it is not an accredited then you can’t sit for the exam to get your license. Also, if it is not accredited the program may not be a good program to get into. The exam required to become a Physical Therapist is the National Physical Therapy Exam. You must pass this exam to become a licenses Physical Therapist. Every state requires a license and it must be renewed every two years. To renew your license, you are required to have a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education and a minimum of 200 hours of Physical Therapy …show more content…

Normally students get their undergraduate degree in Biology or Health Science. The grades you have to get for these prerequisites is a “C” and a GPA of a 3.0 but if you want a good chance of getting into the program you should strive for a 3.8 GPA. The other requirements you need to have in order to get into the Doctorate program is experience in Physical Therapy volunteer or paid work. Before you even start the required classes, you should have already gone to a Physical Therapy office and see if you like what you are doing. If you don’t see if you like it, then you might get your undergraduate degree and realize you don’t like that program and then you are stuck. To meet this career goal, I will budget my time between sports, education, and work in Physical Therapy. I will need to keep my GPA up, so I will have to make sure I study a lot, so I can get good

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