Did you know employment of physical therapists is expected to increase by 30 percent from 2008-2018, according to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics? To take advantage of those excellent job opportunities, however, you may need either a traditional or online master degree in physical therapy. A physical therapist must know how to work with patients of every age, from infants to the elderly. You may need to examine your patients, pinpoint their specific problem, and then figure out how best to treat them in order to reduce pain, restore function, or prevent disability. While some of your patients may have simple conditions like sprains or fractures, you may also work with amputees or patients with cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis.
You may start your path to becoming a physical therapist by taking courses in anatomy, biology, and social science while pursuing your undergraduate degree. Then you may need to complete a post-baccalaureate physical therapy program. You may pursue a master's degree in approximately two years or a doctoral degree in three years. After you finish your graduate program, you just need to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination and you're on your way to your new career.
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