Interprofessional Health Professions Collaboration

Physical Therapist

Required Education & Licensure

A doctoral degree must be earned and a passing score on the National Physical Therapy Examination in order to become a physical therapist,

What do they do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapists review patients’ medical history and any referrals or notes from doctors or surgeons, diagnose patients’ dysfunctional movements by observing them stand or walk and by listening to their concerns, among other methods, set up a plan of care for patients, outlining the patient’s goals and the expected outcome of the plan, use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness, evaluate a patient’s progress, modifying a plan of care and trying new treatments as needed, and educate patients and their families about what to expect from and how best to cope with the recovery process.  See program description at Armstrong Rehabilitation Sciences.

Where do they work?

Private practice and rehabilitation centers

Professional Associations


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapists was $82,180 in May 2013.