Becoming a Physical Therapist
Physical therapists help people of all ages to recover from various things on a daily basis. Although they may always have a lot of paperwork to do, and can sometimes work long hours, they are paid fairly well and they receive the satisfaction of helping people which makes this an honorable and rewarding job. Someone that likes to help others would most likely enter this profession.
Physical therapists provide services to people that have injuries, disabilities, and functional challenges or limitations. They also rehab people from diseases that have caused problems with functions. They provide tests, evaluations , diagnostics, prognostics, interventions, and anticipated goals (Careers in Health Care 259). The goals help the patient to get better and make them want to try harder. They work with people that have lower back or neck pain, headaches and osteoporosis. They also help rehab people from sports injuries or people that have joint and soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains, hand injuries, fractures and dislocations (Careers in Health Care 260). Treatment goals need to be established, or the patient will not recover much (Encyclopedia 8 and 9). Physical therapists can have PTA’s, or assistants. They clean and prepare the work area for when the next patient arrives for therapy (Careers in Health Care 264). Many people stay in this job for over five years. There is a lot to learn, and a therapist can do this job for life. It also works as a good part time job (Career Cruising 2). Physical therapists work around eight to ten hours a day, which is forty to fifty hours a week (Career Cruising 2). Typically, when a physical therapist arrives at work, they check their voicemail and schedule, and they start to prepare for the first patient. Before lunch, they see about five patients. During lunch they would check their voicemail and email while they eat. They then see about two more patients and then do the paperwork from that day. After all of the paperwork is done, they can finally go home (Career Cruising 3 and 4).
If you want to become a Physical therapist, in High school, taking classes like statistics, history, and a foreign language would help (Encyclopedia 9). Also, upper level math, English, and science classes should be taken (Career Cruising 4). Syracuse University is one college that offers this program. During freshman year at Syracuse, there are many classes that need to be taken. In the first semester, Foundation of Human Behavior, Writing Studio 1, General Biology, Intro to Exercise Science, and Pre Calc or Cal/Soc and Life Science 1 need to be taken. In the second semester, a Human or Social Science elective, Personal Health and Safety, General Biology, Public Speaking or Presentational Speaking, and Cal/Soc and Life Science 1 or 2-depending on if you took the first one during the first semester-need to be taken. During sophomore year, there are a few less classes that need to be taken, but not by much. In the first semester, Intro to Sport Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Statistics, Nutrition in Health, and an experience credit in PPE need to be taken. In the second semester, a Human or Social Scientist elective, Anatomy and Physiology 2, a PPE elective, and elective of choice, and Writing Studio 2 need to be taken. Junior has the most classes to take out of every year. In the first semester, Bio. Psychology or Drugs and Behavior or Dev. Bio Psychology, Worksite Health Promotion, General Chemistry and a lab, Physiology of Exercise, FA and CPR need to be taken. In the Second semester, Motor Learning, Prevention and Care for Athletic Injury, Scientific Principle of Conditioning, Writing Studio 1, Writing Studio 2, General Chemistry and a lab need to be taken. Senior year has the least amount of classes to take. In the first semester, three electives, PPE 5, and Analysis of Human Motion need to be taken. In the second emester, two PPE 5 classes, two electives, and an...
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