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What Is a Physical Therapist?

Dec 05, 2008

Physical therapists are trained to aid people of all ages who have illnesses or injuries that limit or prevent them from functioning physically in some way. A physical therapist works with each individual to develop a customized plan of treatment to minimize pain and restore as much function as possible.

A physical therapist can work in a hospital, clinic, or private practice. They may need to physically aid patients, and therefore should be physically fit. To become a physical therapist you must complete a program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Generally these programs are either master's degrees or doctoral degrees, so a bachelor's degree must be obtained first.

Once the education component is completed you may need to obtain supervised clinical experience before becoming licensed in the state you wish to work. As for compensation, the average salary in 2008 for physical therapists was $72,790.

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