Physical Therapist

Education Required

All states require physical therapists to be licensed, which includes passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Other requirements vary by state. For example, some states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. Check with your state board for specific licensing requirements.
After gaining work experience, some physical therapists choose to become a board-certified specialist. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties offers certification in clinical specialty areas of physical therapy, such as orthopedics, sports, and geriatrics. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and completing clinical work in the specialty area.

Career Setting

What is this job like?

A physical therapist is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating individuals with physical limitations or impairments. They work with patients of all ages to improve their mobility, manage pain, and restore or enhance their physical function. Click to explore more occupational details:

Physical Therapist