What education and training is required to become a physical therapist?
During your undergrad years, you can major in anything you want
(though degrees in such fields as biology, chemistry, physics,
sports sciences, human development, physiology, and anatomy would
be helpful), but when it comes to grad school you need to major in
Physical Therapy in order to become a therapist later down the
road. After school, you will need to take a liscensure test before
you can practice.
From the Occupational Handbook:
"According to the American Physical Therapy Association, there
were 209 accredited physical therapist education programs in 2007.
Of the accredited programs, 43 offered master's degrees and 166
offered doctoral degrees. Only master's degree and doctoral degree
programs are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. In the future, a
doctoral degree might be the required entry-level degree. Master's
degree programs typically last 2 years, and doctoral degree
programs last 3 years."
Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing career options in
health care field. To become a physical therapist you must have
Master's or Doctorate Degree in physical therapy. Also passing of
National Physical Therapy Examination and getting professional
license are required to start career as a physical therapist.