Physical therapists (PTs) provide treatment to those of all ages that have medical conditions that prevent them from moving or adequately performing daily functions. PTs develop treatment plans to help patients move, reduce their pain, restore function, and prevent further injury. Today's physical therapist is required to complete a graduate degree - either a master's or clinical doctorate - from an accredited education program. A growing majority of programs offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Currently, there are 199 colleges and universities that support 212 accredited professional physical therapist education programs; 96% of those now offer the DPT, and the remaining programs are planning to convert in the future.
For more information on this career, visit the American Physical Therapy Association Web site.