Physical Therapist (PT)
- Physical Therapists (PTs) are licensed health care professionals who
diagnose and oversee the management of patients in order to improve the
physical and functional abilities of a patient. They help individuals
maintain optimal health and fitness, and prevent onset or progression of
impairments, functional limitations and disabilities related to
disease, disorders, and other conditions.
- They teach patients proper exercises and use a variety of
equipment and activities to help patients strengthen muscles and improve
mobility, restore function and relieve pain.
- Physical Therapists are trained to test and measure a
patient’s motor abilities, strength, coordination, and respiratory
and circulatory efficiency.
- Physical Therapists review a physician’s recommendations and
the patient’s medical record to determine most appropriate physical
- Although a large number of Physical Therapists work in
hospitals, now more than 70 per cent can be found in private physical
therapy offices, rehabilitation centers, community health centers,
nursing homes, home health agencies, corporate or industrial health
centers, sports facilities, research institutions, schools, pediatric
centers, and colleges and universities.
- Admission to Physical Therapy programs is competitive. Schools
consider a minimum 3.0 GPA, GRE score, hours of experience in the field,
letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.
- Physical Therapy is a profession for those who enjoy science.
- Physical Therapists have the opportunity to improve the lives
of people from birth to elder and from athletes to those with
- Their work includes lifting, bending, standing, and other mobile activities while working closely with patients.
- Physical Therapists may work in two or more different places or locations at the same time or travel to the patient.