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Preparing for a Career as a Physical Therapist

Physical Therapists are nationally certified and state-licensed movement professionals who improve the quality of a patients life through hands on care,wellness-oriented programs, and prescribed exercise. Physical Therapists also reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Currently, there is a high demand for Physical Therapists.

  • Course Work
    Physical Therapist program admission typically requires a minimum course work of – one year each of general chemistry and organic chemistry;  one semester each of human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, statistics, social science, and behavioral science (psychology). Always check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.
  • Course Sequences
  • Physical Therapy Volunteer Experience
    Most programs require applicants to have a minimum amount of volunteer or paid physical therapy experiences of working with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Typically, applicants will also be required to have a licensed physical therapist sign off and verify those hours. The type of physical therapy program will determine specific settings and types of experiences required. For more information visit The American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Application Process
    PTCAS- The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service is the controlling organization that alllows PT applicants to use a single application to apply to multiple PT programs. Admission typically requires taking the GRE.
    After graduating, candidates must pass a state-administered national exam in order to practice physical therapy. Other requirements vary from state to state according to state regulations governing physical therapy. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy programs in Indiana include: