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The degree which can be earned: Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Career outlook/Nature of the profession: People who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses often face difficulties with movement and pain management.  They depend on physical therapists to help them recover.  Through focused exercise plans and individual attention, these professionals help patients restore their range of motion, build strength, improve flexibility and manage pain as they recuperate.  The average pay for ap hysical therapist is roughly $83,940 per year.  The outlook of the profession is very positive and demand for physical therapists continue to rise.  

Additional Resources:
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Regional Programs:
Washington University School of Medicine
Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences
Bradley University Physical Therapy & Health Science
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences 

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What should I major in if I want to be a physical therapist?  You can chose any major you would like as long as you complete the prerequisistes for your individual program of interst.  

What should my GPA be if I am interested in being a physical therapist?  An average GPA for acceptance into a Physical Therapy program is a 3.5.  

What exams are needed for admittance into a physical therapy program?  Most programs require a GRE score for admittance into the program.  Students should check with their individual program of interest.  The GRE should be taken in your last year of college.  

Are there student organizations I should consider joining?
Exercise Science Club
Food and Nutrition Club (FAN Club)
Pre-Physical Therapy Association (PPTA)

Check out more student organizations HERE!

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Pre-Health Professions Advisors
Brian Hinterscher Brandi Hudson Carol Garrison
bhinter@siue.edu bhudson@siue.edu cgarris@siue.edu
618-650-5525 618-650-5525 618-650-5525
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