Preparing for a career in physical therapy

Physical therapists are healthcare providers who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. PTs evaluate and develop treatment plans for individuals with health problems resulting from injury, illness, and disease that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities of daily living. Physical therapists help their patients restore and maintain overall fitness and health, and work with other health care providers to help patients reach these goals.

If you are thinking about becoming a physical therapist, you need to have strong skills in the sciences and be able to complete a rigorous set of coursework before starting physical therapy school. You will also need to develop good communication and interpersonal skills for your work with patients. You should plan your college education with the goal of building a diverse set of skills and select a major that challenges and interests you.

The website of the American Physical Therapy Association is a great resource for exploring the field of physical therapy.