What It Takes to Become a Physical Therapist

What It Takes to Become a Physical TherapistBecoming a Physical Therapist Is Not Easy As 1,2, 3

When it comes to pain relief and physical therapists, there are a lot of people who are under the assumption that it’s a fairly easy field to break into. They may watch a ball game and see someone training an injured player and see them do what looks like easy stretches or exercises. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s a lot of studying to be done and these people have spent years learning about what goes on under a person’s skin to be able to fix what is causing them pain.

They Go Through A Long Education Process

Physical Therapists usually spend about seven years in school. First, they complete their undergrad program, with many of them getting a Bachelor’s in a Health-related field, and then it’s on to another three years in a graduate program. Top graduate school physical therapy programs include, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings, University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, Washington University in St. Louis Duke, Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals, Boston University, and Emory University to name a few. All of them are serious academic institutions and getting into and obtaining a master’s Degree from any of them is no mean feat.  There they will take some intense courses and learn a lot about the human body. After that, they must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – which is given four times a year. It’s scored between 200-800 and the test-takers need to get at least 600 to pass. While it’s optional, some also elect to do residencies and/or get certain certifications, which can give them a leg up in terms of their earning capabilities.

The Requirements Are Steep

In order for one to become a physical therapist in New York, the state requires you, according to the wording of its own website where one applies for such a position: To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a physical therapist, if your education was from a: New York State Registered or CAPTE/APTA Accredited Physical Therapy Program, you must have: a master’s or higher degree in physical therapy.

If they are from out of state, their school must have had a program that’s approved by New York State – which many, if not all, of the aforementioned schools have been given the thumbs up.

These applicants must pay almost $300 to even apply to become a physical therapist. That’s just for them to get their application looked at, let alone approved. They can apply for a limited license, but it would be so much more cost-effective to get the full one.

When you come into one of the Empire Physical Medicine & Pain Management locations, you’re going to be seen by someone who has undergone rigorous testing and education. Dr. Steven Moalemi, MD FAAPMR and his staff have attended some of the finest schools that this country has to offer. They will work with you on alleviating a wide range of pains, from foot to back to wrist. Rest assured that they are eminently qualified to care for you and rehabilitate you. Manhattan may have other pain relief specialists, but this is one of the best.

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About the Author:

Our medical director, Steven S. Moalemi, MD, FAAPMR*, is a leading physiatrist in the New York City area with two convenient locations in Manhattan; Midtown and Financial District. Dr. Moalemi and his staff firmly believe and share the same mission: to provide pain relief in a comfortable setting with our patient’s overall well-being in mind.

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