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Field of Study: Physical Therapy


Physical therapy programs prepare people to work with patients who have physical pain or limitations.



Physical therapy programs include topics such as:

  • Patient assessment and evaluation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Movement dynamics
  • Care plan development
  • Physical therapy modalities
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Professional standards and ethics

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in pre-physical therapy. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in physical therapy. It is possible to enter a doctoral program in physical therapy after earning a bachelor's degree. A doctoral (DPT) degree in physical therapy typically takes three years of full-time study after the bachelor's degree.