Physical Therapists do way more than help the quarterback fix his bad knee. In fact, they care for all types of patients ranging from accident victims to disabled individuals with conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Physical therapists improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. To do so they evaluate a patient’s medical history, test and measure their strength, range of motion, and ability to function, and develop and implement treatment plans. Therapists also teach and motivate patients to use crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs to perform day-to-day activities and show them exercises to do at home.
Students who want to become physical therapists must have a high school diploma or an equivalent. A bachelor’s degree is also obtained through a university with an emphasis on the sciences. To become a licensed physical therapist, students must earn a master’s degree and pass a certification examination.Professional (entry-level) physical therapist education programs in the United States only offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students who enroll. The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) and Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) degrees are no longer offered to any new students in the United States. To practice as a physical therapist in the US, you must earn a physical therapist degree from a CAPTE- accredited physical therapist education program and pass a state licensure exam.
- Alabama State University – Physical Therapy
- University of Alabama at Birmingham – Department of Physical Therapy
- University of South Alabama – Physical Therapy