- Specialist certification examination
- Current license having a minimum of 2,000 clinical hours in speciality area
- Pass an examination of evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, outcomes, anatomy, evidenced based on theory, and movement science.
- examination (test for muscle function, strength, joint flexibility, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, respiration, skin integrity, motor function, quality of life, and activities of daily living.)
- diagnosis (exercise, traction, mobilization/manual therapy, ultrasound and or electrotherapy, vestibular training, motor learning and development, and patient/family education.)
- creation/implantation/adjustment of a plan care (short or long term functional goals)
- determine a patient's ability to reintegrate into the workforce
- High School diploma
- You need either your Masters degree (MPT, MSPT, MS) or a Doctoral degree (DPT) from an accredited Physical Therapy program.
- To either be admitted to one of these programs you have to be working for at least three years towards an undergraduate baccalaureate accredited degree.
- After graduating you have to pass the State-Administered National Exam.
- To prepare for Physical Therapy you may need to pass Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, English, Professional Writing, and Humanities.
- May include basic and medical science courses.
The Average income for a Physical Therapists is about $79,860.
- Being able to move patients safely
- Perform CPR
- Being able to safely guard patients
- Being able to demonstrate exercises
- Being able to work 40+ hours a week
- Identify skin change
- Having good eye sight
- Be able to read scales, equipment, and medical records
- Being able to respond quickly to a patient in need
- Being able to hear heart and lung sounds
- The ability to detect odors
- Ability to feel pulse, muscle tone, and bony landmarks
- Ability to write documentations.
- The ability to collect and integrate data
- Ability to handle the emotional stress
- Ability to read and comprehend patient information
- Be able to multi task
- Being able to interact with people and just not patients
- Abide by the policies and procedures
- Effectively communicate in English
- Rehabilitation Hospitals
- Sub-Acute Rehabilitation
- Extended Care Facility/ Nursing home/Skilled Nursing Facility
- Outpatient Clinic
- Wellness/Prevention/Sports/Fitness Areas
- Home Health
- Industrial Workplace
- Local, State, and Federal Government
- Research Center
- Different types of Physical Therapy may include orthopedic, acute care, post-operative care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, lymphphedema management, wound care, and neurologic rehabilitation.
2. In 2007, about 9 million adults utilized outpatient Physical Therapy services
3. Only thirty percent of Physical Therapist Patients are fully adherent with their plan of care.