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Physical Therapy Degrees

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Updated April 07, 2014


There are several types of degrees offered in the field of physical therapy. Earlier this profession was pursued as a bachelor's degree. However, around the end of the 1990's, the bachelor's degree in physical therapy was slowly replaced by master's and doctorate physical therapy degrees. Today, there are several variations.

Direct Entry Master's Degree in Physical Therapy:

The direct entry master's degree in physical therapy is an excellent choice for those who have completed their bachelor's degree and are looking to pursue a career in physical therapy. This degree is a two-year-long master's program. For the first year, students are in the classroom learning important concepts in physical therapy. The second year consists of field work with students practicing physical therapy in a clinical setting.

Transitional Master's Degree in Physical Therapy:

The transitional master's degree in physical therapy was created for physical therapists who already have a physical therapy bachelor's degree. It allows these professionals to advance their education without having to study information they already know.

Direct Entry Doctorate in Physical Therapy:

The direct entry doctorate in physical therapy (dPT) is another excellent choice for those people who have completed their bachelor's degree and are looking to pursue a career in physical therapy. This degree is typically earned in three years.

Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy:

The transitional dPT is the other degree created for physical therapists who already have a physical therapy bachelor's degree.

Physical Therapy Schools:

There are many physical therapy schools throughout the United States. This list of physical therapy schools is organized by state.
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