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.