As an AT/DPT, you can give your patients the best of both professional worlds. Athletic trainers primarily provide preventive care for active people, immediate examination and treatment for orthopedic and non-orthopedic conditions, and evaluative and rehabilitation services. Physical therapists work to prevent disease, promote wellness, and evaluate and rehabilitate all types of patients in all types of settings.
Increasingly, the standard for entry-level physical therapists is a doctoral degree. Our graduates are ready to become autonomous practitioners, providing top-level care to any patient population in a wide range of settings. Both athletic trainers and physical therapists have excellent employment prospects. In fact, U.S. News & World Report includes physical therapist among its 25 Best Jobs of 2012.
Possible employment opportunities include positions in:
- rehabilitation centers and institutions
- private practice
- sports medicine centers
- schools and colleges
- professional sports
- performance enhancement centers
- nursing homes
- patients’ homes
Nick Wendel: “My experiences at Sargent College have been amazing because of the personalized attention that I feel I get in all of my classes and clinical experiences. I feel like the faculty here really care about me as a student and as a person and want me to succeed in my career and life. I still remember sitting down to my first advising meeting and being surprised to see my adviser taking notes about my life in addition to my classes and future career goals. This theme comes out in many of my professors and is one the best parts of going to school at Sargent College.”