Physical Therapy Degree - Online and Campus Programs

Physical therapists help people regain mobility due to injury or illness and prevent loss of mobility despite disease and aging. Excellent job prospects await those with a physical therapy degree or physical therapy certification.
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Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience.

Locations:  Newport News, VA

Programs:
  • Massage Therapy Diploma
  • Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Massage Therapy

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Why Brightwood?

Real-World Training

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Locations:  Salida, CA

Programs:
  • Therapy Health Technician
  • Respiratory Care - Associates

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Get the real-world training you need to build a better career at CDI College. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening classes at one of many community-based locations across Canada.

Locations:  Edmonton, AB Winnipeg, MB Calgary, AB More...

Programs:
  • Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant - Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Physical Therapy Programs: How to Decide Which One Is Right for You

Physical therapists entering the field need either a master's degree or a doctorate degree. Some registered nurses or nurse health practitioners also go on to specialize as physical therapist nurses. Regardless of the specialty, graduate physical therapy degrees require coursework in: biology, anatomy and physiology, cellular histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, behavioral science, radiology and imaging, pharmacology, and pathology. To become a physical therapy assistant, you need an associate's degree from a physical therapy program. Physical therapy aides generally receive on-the-job training and are not required to have a degree. Physical therapy certification or licensure is required in every state for physical therapists and some physical therapy assistants. While requirements for physical therapy certification vary state-to-state, you must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program to be eligible for licensure. Physical therapist nurses must also be licensed RNs.

Earnings Outlook: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapy Aides

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average 2008 salaries for physical therapy professionals were as follows:
  • Physical Therapist: $72,790
  • Physical Therapist Assistant:$46,140
  • Physical Therapy Aide: $23,760
  • Registered Nurse: $62,450
If you like helping others get a move on and have the dedication it takes to earn your degree, consider becoming a physical therapist.