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Physical Therapy Physical therapy is a part of the health care field that allows professional to provide treatment and restoration to patients who have suffered some type of injury. Accredited schools and colleges can provide you with the skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, nursing care facilities, and much more. Students can choose to train in specific areas such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, geriatric rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and orthopedic and pediatric rehabilitation.

Curriculum may include prevention and wellness, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, Pathophysiology, biology, psychology, anatomy, CPR, and more depending on the type and level of desired degree. With an accredited educational program you can train for a career in rehabilitation therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, respiratory therapy, and many other opportunities.


Occupational Therapy

Studies in occupational therapy can be obtained from a number of accredited schools and colleges. Students looking to obtain a degree in occupational therapy will have the opportunity to study biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, statistics, psychology, social sciences, medical terminology, and more. Associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorates degree are available, as well as certificates. With a degree you can work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, and more. The American Occupational Therapy Association offers students a membership that provides career material, and other degree related information.

Physical Therapy Aide

Physical therapy aides are responsible for assisting physical therapist with the rehabilitation of patients that suffer from burns, amputations, strokes, head injuries, and more. With accredited degrees available from a number of schools and colleges students can study medical massage, anatomy, physiology, psychology, CPR, rehabilitation, human musculature, kinesiology, and much more. Students who wish to obtain a health care education as a physical therapy aide will have the opportunity to find employment in physical therapy facilities, home health care, hospitals, nursing facilities, and other related health care centers.

Rehabilitation Therapy

Degrees in rehabilitation therapy include an associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorates, and also certification. Coursework will depend on the level of degree and specific area of study, but may include therapeutic practices, psychology, complementary therapies, biomechanics, pathology, anatomy, and much more. With a degree from an accredited school or college you will obtain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, rehabilitation counselor, respiratory therapist, and more.

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists treat and monitor patients who have breathing difficulties, and heart or lung illnesses. Students who seek a career in this field will need to obtain an associates degree or higher and some may be required to become certified as well. Accredited educational programs are available to teach students pharmacology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, math, CPR, English, and more depending on the level of degree desired. Depending on the course of study in respiratory therapy you can become a respiratory therapist, pulmonary function technologist, respiratory therapy technician, and more.

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine professionals diagnose, prevent, and offer therapeutic treatment for sport related injuries. Students can obtain an accredited degree in sports medicine from a school or college at an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctorates level. As a degree holder you can choose to become an athletic trainer, physical therapy assistant, personal trainer, fitness instructor, or other related professional. Coursework can include the study of sports marketing, health promotion, stress management, kinesiology, exercise science, and other sports medicine related courses.


The Commission on Accreditation in Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is one of many agencies approved to provide accreditation to schools and colleges that offer physical therapy programs. When looking to obtain a degree you should make sure the program you choose carries full accreditation in order to ensure that the education you receive will be the best.


Pick a program from the above menu for more information about the physical therapy degree of your choice. Contact several educational facilities and request more information regarding the career of your choice.

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