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  • Physical Therapist

  • Physical therapists are health care professionals who evaluate and treat people with health problems resulting from injury or disease.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Assess:
      • Joint motion
      • Muscle strength and endurance
      • Function of heart and lungs
      • Performance of activities required in daily living
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Cardiovascular endurance training
    • Training in activities of daily living

    Places of practice:

    • Acute care or sub-acute care hospitals
    • Private physical therapy offices
    • Community health centers
    • Industrial health centers
    • Sports facilities
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Nursing homes
    • Home health agencies
    • Schools or pediatric centers

    Educational requirements:

    • A four-year college degree in physical therapy from an accredited education program. 
    • A Masters degree from an accredited school in physical therapy.

    Educational programs:

    Licensure requirements:

    • After graduation, candidates must pass a state-administered national exam.
    • Other requirements for physical therapy practice vary from state to state according to physical therapy practice acts or state regulations governing physical therapy.

    Professional organizations: