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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Undergraduate Physical Therapy Programs

Our whole lives, teachers, parents and mentors tell us not to ignore our education, as it may be the key that may open the doors for financial and professional success in the future. While this may not seem very pressing when you were in elementary school and junior high, usually around high school everything seems to become a bit more urgent as parents and guidance counselors start to press you for your thoughts on what you’re going to do with your life. The important thing to keep in mind when choosing an educational path that may lead to a fulfilling career is to find a major that may allow you to combine your talents and your interests. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy, this usually means you have a talent for science and math as well as an interest in helping people to live more fulfilling, healthy lives.

The path to any professional career, especially in the medical field is through college. While it used to be traditional for high school graduates to pack their bags and head of to the nearest state university to pursue their degree, these days students of all shapes and sizes have found that there may be more options than ever before for pursuing the career of their dreams. It may not be required that you pursue an undergraduate degree between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, just like it’s no longer expected that you may move away from home to attend classes. Distance learning courses, online classes, and technical schools have all made a higher education more accessible than ever, especially in the field of physical therapy.

It’s important to point out that the educational requirements for becoming a professional physical therapist may involve more than four years in an undergraduate program. Currently it is necessary to achieve a master’s or doctorate degree in order to receive full credentials as a physical therapist. That being said, there are still preparatory programs that may allow you to complete your undergraduate degree while still learning skills that may be essential in your post-graduate studies and professional practice. There are many national ranking publications available in print and online that may give you a list of schools for these programs in the country.

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