doctors of physical therapy earn their credentials

Q: How long did it take you to become a PT?

This is one of the most common questions that are asked in our clinic and MOST people are surprised at the answers:


Bachelor's Degree

(4-5 Years) in any degree although most P.T. school applicants will major in a science related field such as Kinesiology or Athletic Training

Prerequisite Courses and observation or job shadowing hours are required and are different for each PT school you apply to in addition to your Bachelor's degree

Graduate School Acceptance

(Total of 3-4 years)

Advanced Courses in:

Gross & Applied Anatomy/Physiology including cadaver lab (we have seen what our bodies look like from the inside out)

Pathophysiology

Soft Tissue Interventions

Biomechanics

Imaging

Movement Science

Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Extremeties

Clinical Neuroscience

Differential Diagnosis

Pharmacology

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy

Biophysical Agents

Physical Therapy for the Integumentary and Lymphatic Systems

Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Spine

Neuromuscular

Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Assistive Technology

Clinical Reasoning

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Geriatric Physical Therapy

Wellness & Health Promotion

Administration & Management in Rehabilitation Services

Clinical Rotations/Internships

Acute Setting

Inpatient Rehab Setting

Outpatient Setting

Skilled Nursing Facility

Option of Specialty Clinic Rotations: Pediatrics, Women's Health, Neurological

GRADUATION from PT School

All PTs graduate with their Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) indicating the highest graduate level degree in this field

PTs are Clinical Doctors meaning they have advanced courses and clinical experience in the area of neuromusculoskeletal examination, treatment and movement assessment 

National Board Exam

All PT school graduates MUST pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) 

250 question examination on all topics covered in Physical Therapy School

If you don't pass, you are only allowed to retake the test up to 3 times in a 12-month period and ONLY 6 times in a lifetime

State Licensure

Each PT Doc is required to pass a state license exam or jurisprudence exam in order to practice in that particular state

Each state's exam is different and reviews the Practice Act of that particular state (what you can and can't do)

PT Docs or Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) spend between 7-9 years in college (undergraduate and graduate) and 3-4 clinical rotations in different settings under the supervision of licensed PTs as their Clinical Instructors before they are even eligible to take the national board exam 

So the next time a physical therapist gives a look of frustration when someone says "you do massage right?" - Please understand. We are capable of MUCH MORE than that.


We change lives everyday!


Is PT School for YOU?

"PT Docs or Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) spend between 7-9 years in college (undergraduate and graduate) and complete 3-4 clinical rotations in different settings under the supervision of licensed PTs as their Clinical Instructors BEFORE they are even eligible to take the national board exam."