Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are currently required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate — from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.
State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices and practice of physical therapy by unlicensed persons in New York State, like personal trainers or athletic trainers not under the direct supervision of a physician, is illegal.
Physical therapists are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.
More and more physical therapists are now graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. More than 92% of the 210 accredited academic institutions nationwide offering professional physical therapist education programs now offer the DPT degree – and more than 75% of all 2008 PT graduates hold a DPT degree.