Careers in Physical Therapy

From the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):

"Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. The majority of programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree."


Graduate Programs in South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has a doctoral program (DPT) in physical therapy. Their website list admission requirements for all allied health fields (PDF format) and other pertinent information for all interested applicants. The DPT program is a three year curriculum to prepare entry-level physical therapy practitioners.

The Univserity of South Carolina has a doctoral program (DPT) in physical therapy. Admission requirements, deadlines, and tuition are listed on their website. A detailed description of their program is assessable for the interested student.


National Organization

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has useful information about programs across the U.S., various career opportunities in the field, information about scholariships and financial aid, and other information to help prospective students make the right career choices.


For further questions or assistance contact:

Dr. John Moeller


Biology Department, Wofford College