Physical therapists help injured, ill, and physically challenged people of all ages improve their mobility and manage their pain. They are important members of healthcare teams charged with treating, rehabilitating, and preventing chronic conditions among patients.
In order to become a PT, you need to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited college or university and be state licensed to practice. Completing the DPT typically takes about three or four years and includes both classroom, lab, and clinical experience. As of 2022, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) reports there are 259 accredited programs in the U.S.
Physical Therapy Programs in Indiana
The following table includes the minimum pre-requisite courses for DPT programs in the US; however, many schools have additional recommended courses. Students should work with their advisor(s) to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion.
|Introductory Biology||One, w/lab||BIO203 or BIO204|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225 or ESS265/266L|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or ESS267/268L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|General Physics||Two, w/lab||PHY110 and PHY111|
|Statistics||One||BIO205 or MAT130|
|Psychology||Two||PSY101 and PSY220|
Admission to PT programs is highly competitive. Since the requirements for entry into these are quite diverse, students should thoroughly explore the requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
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