What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function. (http://www.apta.org/)
What Is Pre-Physical Therapy Education?
Pre-physical therapy education provides students with a sound background in the natural and social sciences necessary for admission to a physical therapy program. Essentially, it involves a defined set of pre-requisite course.
Eastern University intentionally does not have a formal “Pre-Physical Therapy” major. Instead, the pre-requisite courses are incorporated within the course work required of other majors, such as biology, athletic training and exercise science. This allows students to obtain knowledge and skills in an area that will allow them to obtain a job related to their major, if, for whatever reason, graduate school attendance needs to be deferred. A degree in “pre- physical therapy” or “allied health” limits the scope of what one can do upon graduation.
What is Physical Therapy Education?
Physical therapy (PT) professional education “refers to the education that prepares graduates for entry into practice of physical therapy. All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice (www.apta.org).”
Presently, entry-level physical therapy education programs are offered at two degree levels; Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree and Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). Both degree programs prepare students to be eligible to sit for the PT Licensure examination in all 50 states. However, effective December 31, 2015, all programs will be required by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education to offer the DPT program.