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How to become a Physical Therapist

The first step in becoming a physical therapist is to complete a bachelor's degree in a health-related field. Complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Then you will need to pass the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE). Apply to a clinical residency program to receive additional training and gain experience. Finally, you will apply to become a board-certified specialist in a clinical specialty areas offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

How to become: Physical Occupational Therapist · Outpatient Therapist · Physical Therapist Assistant · Director of Rehabilitation · Physical Therapy Aide
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Typical qualifications for a Physical Therapist

Your Indeed Profile has 2 of the 3 qualifications typically needed to be a Physical Therapist.
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Physical Therapist jobs in United States

Tenet Healthcare3.6
Nacogdoches, TX
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1 day ago
Certified Hand Therapist / Physical Therapist
Tenet Healthcare3.6
San Antonio, TX
1 day ago
Physical Therapist Acute Care PRN Days MTB
Tenet Healthcare3.6
San Antonio, TX
1 day ago
Physical Therapist Full Time Days
Tenet Healthcare3.6
Harlingen, TX
1 day ago
Physical Therapist PRN Days
Tenet Healthcare3.6
Mount Pleasant, SC
1 day ago
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Career progression for Physical Therapist

Education levels for Physical Therapists

Based on the requirements of Physical Therapist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree46.2%
Doctoral degree35.0%
Master's degree12.1%
Associate's degree3.4%
High school diploma or GED3.3%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Physical Therapist in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$61,900
4 - 8$70,400
8 - 12$77,400
12 - 16$84,800
16 - 20$87,700
20 - 24$90,000
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