Physical therapy graduate training programs draw all types of students and professionals. Some have expansive medical backgrounds but have opted for physical therapy training over nursing or medical school. Others may have athletic backgrounds and have garnered an interest in working with those who have injuries or other physical issues. Becoming a physical therapist is a major commitment, requiring several years of education and many years of commitment to build credibility.
Some physical therapists are employed by large hospitals or other major medical settings, working closely with doctors, nurses, and other medical consultants. Many physical therapists, after gaining experience in such settings, choose to open their own physical therapy practices, though this requires business skill and credentials. Still other physical therapists work for high-end fitness centers, providing private services, or for major sports organizations. Athletes in particular have special need for physical therapists.
Physical therapists enjoy earnings comparable to other medical professionals who have committed to extensive education; experienced therapists may earn upwards of $80,000. Physical therapists must be extremely patient, positive, and encouraging, as they often work with clients who show only marginal improvements in their physical abilities over several months of work. Many physical therapists develop close relationships with their clients, especially those who specialize in working with post-traumatic patients.
This website offers school details to prospective students as an informational resource. The appearance of a school listing on this website should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the school of this site.
This website also offers school data. With the exception of the recommend rate percentage (which is the average based on the student reviews submitted to our partner site GradReports), all of the data was collected in 2014-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics or from an official representative of the school. The NCES is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. The NCES data is updated annually as soon as it becomes available. The NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year. Salaries and job growth were collected in 2016-2017 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Financial aid information applies to those students who qualify for financial aid.
Colleges and Degrees takes no position with respect to the information or opinions expressed in the user comments/reviews and is not responsible for their content.