Salt Lake City, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/24/2012 -- A career in physical therapy can be rewarding in many ways, not just financially. But to get that career, a person first have to get a degree in physical therapy, often shortened to PT.
ThePhysicalTherapyExperts.com takes a look at what’s needed to launch a career in physical therapy, what it is and how to get into a school offering a degree in PT.
A series of blogs on the website discuss the various aspect of PT.
“The first thing to know is that PT is not a career for everyone. A therapist is going to be working with people who are hurt, recovering from surgery or have other conditions which make movement painful,” said Gregory Curtis, owner of ThePhysicalTherapyExperts.com. “A physical therapist has to help a person work through the pain to get well. Someone who can focus on the goal of being better and working through temporary pain will find PT to be a fulfilling career.”
PT also involves putting hands on people to help them rough the necessary movements.
If a PT career is the right choice, Mr. Curtiss also offers advice on how to pick a PT school. Not all such schools are created equally, he notes.
“Pick a school that fits the needs of the person applying,” he said. “That means seeing when classes are offered. Are the class schedules convenient to keeping a full or part time job? What are the tuition terms? How much is tuition? Where is the school located? These are very important questions, especially if PT is going to be a career change.”
Ask to see the school’s job placement records. The best school have a job placement service to help graduates find jobs.
“Willingness to move may be a big factor in choosing PT as a career. If there are no PT jobs in the area right now, the chance of getting a job in that area after graduation is going to be slim,” Mr. Curtiss said. “If someone is willing to move, then finding a job will be much easier.”
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