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U.S. Physical Therapy Programs

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, there were 209 accredited U.S. Physical Therapy Programs and U.S. Physical Therapy Schools in 2007. Of the accredited programs, 43 offered masterís degrees and 166 offered doctoral degrees. Only masterís degree and doctoral degree programs at U.S. Physical Therapy Schools are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. In the future, a doctoral degree from a U.S. Physical Therapy Program might be the required entry-level degree for the Physical Therapist profession. Masterís degree programs typically last 2 years, and doctoral degree programs last 3 years.

U.S. Physical Therapy Schools and U.S. Physical Therapy Programs start with basic science courses such as biology, chemistry, and physics and then introduce specialized courses, including biomechanics, neuroanatomy, human growth and development, manifestations of disease, examination techniques, and therapeutic procedures. Besides getting classroom and laboratory instruction, students at U.S. Physical Therapy Programs and U.S. Physical Therapy Schools receive extensive supervised clinical experience.

Among the undergraduate courses that are useful when one applies to a physical therapist education program are anatomy, biology, chemistry, social science, mathematics, and physics. Before granting admission, many programs require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic. For high school students, volunteering with the school athletic trainer is a good way to gain experience.



Find U.S. Physical Therapy Programs and U.S. Physical Therapy Schools by State below:


Alabama Physical Therapy Programs
Alaska Physical Therapy Programs
Arizona Physical Therapy Programs
Arkansas Physical Therapy Programs
California Physical Therapy Programs
Colorado Physical Therapy Programs
Connecticut Physical Therapy Programs
Delaware Physical Therapy Programs
District of Columbia Physical Therapy Programs
Florida Physical Therapy Programs
Georgia Physical Therapy Programs
Hawaii Physical Therapy Programs
Idaho Physical Therapy Programs
Illinois Physical Therapy Programs
Indiana Physical Therapy Programs
Iowa Physical Therapy Programs
Kansas Physical Therapy Programs
Kentucky Physical Therapy Programs
Louisiana Physical Therapy Programs
Maine Physical Therapy Programs
Maryland Physical Therapy Programs
Massachusetts Physical Therapy Programs
Michigan Physical Therapy Programs
Minnesota Physical Therapy Programs
Mississippi Physical Therapy Programs
Missouri Physical Therapy Programs


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