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Physical Therapy Careers

Maybe you’ve had a good experience with a physical therapist in the past, or you’re looking for a hands-on health care field with a great future. The role of physical therapy is expanding within our health care system as a means of promoting health, preventing disease, improving function, easing pain, and limiting disabilities from injury or disease. Demand is also expected to grow with the increasing elderly population.

What do physical therapists do?

Administering physical therapy is only part of the job. A physical therapist must also be skilled in examining, evaluating, and planning courses of treatment. Many supervise other health care workers. Some treat a wide range of ailments, while others specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. PTs may also teach, provide consultation, or perform clinical research.

Where do physical therapists work?

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers and institutions
  • private practice
  • sports medicine centers
  • schools and colleges
  • nursing homes
  • patient homes

What will I like (or dislike) about this work?

  • satisfaction from helping others
  • opportunity for problem solving
  • working with other professionals

How is the job outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010/11): “Employment of physical therapists is expected to increase 39 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come, in large part, from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life than previous generations did.”

What are the educational requirements?

  • master’s degree
  • doctoral degree (DPT) from an accredited program (the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision 2020 states that by 2020, all physical therapists should be trained at the DPT level.)
  • licensing through national exam

Which Sargent College programs apply?

87465BG_PT_103221109_wmIn U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Graduate School Rankings, the Physical Therapy Program at BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College placed in the top 8%, ranking #16 out of 201 programs nationwide.

Sargent Undergraduate PT Programs

Sargent Graduate PT Program