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Aashi Patel

Physical Therapy

About Physical Therapy

Description of Career

  • Examine a patient then create a recovery plan
  • Often focus on treatments that reduce the need for surgery and prescriptive drugs
  • Wses a combination of exercise, stretches, hands-on techniques, and equipment to restore function or relieve pain

Licensure, Certification, and Registration Requirements

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Maintain and renew your license

Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Apply for a license with The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

Earn Physical Therapy Degree


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, DPT
  • A bachelor's degree is required for admission to a DPT program
  • Certification is also required to specialize in a particular area of physical therapy, like pediatrics, geriatrics, or neurology.

Degree Required


University of Pittsburg

  • The University of Pittsburgh (also known as Pitt) is a public state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • #1 in Physical Therapy

Sample Degree Plan

Admission Requirements

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  • It takes approximately six to seven years to become a physical therapist
  • Undergraduate studies typically take four years
  • Physical therapy graduate school takes three years
  • You can also graduate in as little as six years if you opt for an accelerated physical therapy program

Legnth of Education

My uncle is a physical therapist and he was telling me the benefits of being one as you get plenty of family time and its manageable. My main goal is to help others and improve the quality of life for others therefore, I want to become a physical therapist in the future.

Why I chose this career

Step 1: Earning the Degree

To become a licensed Physical Therapist in Texas, you must obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited school. Schools must be accredited through CAPTE (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.) As of this writing, there are 19 CAPTE accredited schools in the state of Texas.Typically, DPT programs take three to four years to complete. Most programs require a bachelor's degree for admission, with typical prerequisite classes being in the subjects of anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and physiology.

Step 4: License

Your physical therapy license in Texas is valid for two years. To renew it, you must:Take and pass the Texas Jurisprudence Assessment Module (TX JAM) exam Complete a minimum of one continuing competency unit (CCU) of Human Trafficking Prevention Training Complete 30 CCUs of continuing educationSubmit fingerprints (if not already) for a criminal background checkYou may renew your license at any time in the three months before its expiration date with no change in your expiration date

Step 2: Apply for License

The Texas board of Physical Therapy Examiners regulates the licensing of physical therapists in the state. To obtain your PT license, you must first apply for it online.

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