To improve function and movement, physical therapists prevent and treat a wide variety of physical conditions due to disease, injury, or repetitive stress. A physical therapist attempts to reduce pain, restore functionality and movement, and prevent future injury or disability.
With a high level of direct patient care, physical therapists have many options for healthcare settings. Individual states have different licensure requirements, but physical therapists can choose from, for example, private practice, hospitals, sports and fitness centers, universities, home healthcare, assisted living facilities, or outpatient clinics to perform their care.
In order to be admitted to a Physical Therapy Program, prospective students without required undergraduate science courses can take advantage of the Pre-PT path in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.
A Note from Your Advisor:
There are many blended program options available to students; the following curriculum is a sample for a DPT program designed for those with a bachelor’s degree. Programs that combine a bachelor’s degree with a graduate program often require application to both at the outset of the undergraduate program. Many programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This profession is physically demanding and offers career flexibility.
2 semesters Anatomy & Physiology, 8 credits
2 semesters General Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Physics with labs, 8 credits
1 semester Biology, 4 credits
1 semester Exercise Physiology, 4 credits
1 semester Psychology, 3 credits
1 semester Statistics, 3 credits
When published requirements are not specific regarding the number of credits or a lab, be sure to check with their admissions office.