Preparing for a Career in Physical Therapy
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Physical therapists (PT) plan and carry out programs for
physically disabled persons of all ages, whatever the source of the
disability. Therapists often must counsel with patients and
patients' families concerning supervision of the therapy program.
Therapists coordinate their physical rehabilitation plans with a
consulting physician. They may be employed in hospitals, private
clinics, various service groups, or other health care facilities.
Salaries of entry level positions vary from $32,000-$35,000.
Physical therapists must be licensed in all 50 states; state
examination information is available from individual state licensing
Most physical therapy schools require a bachelor's degree for entry
into their program. A Master's degree is the appropriate terminal
degree. If you are completing a bachelor's degree at Fort Lewis
College and plan to enter a Master's program at another school after
graduation, you will find some variation in prerequisite required
courses. You should check with the physical therapy school of your
choice to make certain you are clear on entry requirements. The
University of Colorado Physical Therapy program became a Master's
degree program with the entering class of 1990. All applicants are
required to have a Bachelor's degree completed prior to
matriculation. The minimum undergraduate GPA required is 3.0; a
minimum GRE cumulative score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 1000 is
required. The following courses will almost certainly be required,
Biological Sciences (14 credits)
Bio 111 or 206 & 207
Bio 121 or 341
Physical Sciences (16 credits)
Chem 150 & 151 or Chem 303 & 304
Phys 201 & 202 or 217 & 218
Behavioral Science (any combination to equal 6 credits)
Psych 157, 254, 387, etc.
ES 330 or 332
Math 201 or Psy 241
All these courses must be completed at a "C" level or higher grade.
For further information consult the file in Room 711BH, or write:
Physical Therapy Program
University of Colorado
4200 E. Ninth Avenue, Box C244
Denver, CO 80262
American Physical Therapy Assn.
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314