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The Steps to Becoming a Physical Therapist

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  1. Shadow, intern, and/or volunteer under a physical therapist. Try to obtain as many hours across a variety of settings that you can. Be sure to get the hours signed, as well.
  2. Undergrad education. Earn a bachelors degree; make sure your degree covers all of the pre-requisites required for the PT program you are interested in.
  3. Take the GRE. This stands for “Graduate Readiness Exam” and is required for numerous programs. Study hard…the GRE is known for being the “SAT on steroids!”
  4. Apply to a DPT program. There is a *mostly* universal application (most schools, but not all) called PTCAS. Beware: Be prepared to attend in-person interviews.
  5. Earn a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. Study, work hard, and enjoy the next three years of school!
  6. Pass the boards exam. Yes, you are done with school… “BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!” You still have to take one last exam to get your license. Study, study, study!
  7. You did it! Now you are ready *cough* DOCTOR *cough* to provide patience with the care they need.

References:

“How To Become a Physical Therapist in 7 Steps.” PTProgress, Aspire Pro on Genesis Framework, 17 Nov. 2018, www.ptprogress.com/become-physical-therapist-7-steps/.



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