Physical Therapy Schools and Careers Resource Center

Learn everything you need to know about getting an education and working as a physical therapist.

Ready to Attend Physical Therapy School?

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Part teacher, part coach, and part medical professional, you'll help patients improve their health in a hands-on environment where the relationship with the patient is often as much a part of the equation as your physical therapy expertise.

If you want a flexible job that will let you interact with patients needing a wide variety of treatments, physical therapy school can put you on the right path.

Careers and Jobs Overview

“Physical therapists form relationships with their patients that can go on for years,” says Colleen Harper, Chief of Physical Therapy at LaRabida Hospital. “The relationship is a key part of the healing process.”

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Education and Coursework

Find out what you'll study, how long it will take to complete your degree and how to prepare for acceptance in a physical therapy education program.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Interview

Todd Bedward
Job Title: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Years in Field: Over 10 years

"Physical therapy is an easy going field and it's easy to find jobs. Physical therapists are a fun group of people to work with. There isn't a lot of stress, as there is in the business world. Here, there is no corporate ladder. You are what you are. You try to do the best you can. If things go well you can move into research."

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PTA Student Profile

Mickey Marggraf
Student at Green River Community College

"I’ve always been physically active, and always been intrigued by the sciences. I have a BA in physical education, and I worked in the schools for 10 years. I wanted to get back into sports rehab, so I got a job as an aide in a clinic, and then studied physical training at the American College of Sports Medicine. After that I did a lot of fitness assessment testing."

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Education and Career Guide

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