PT Salary, Certificate, Career, Degree, Advantages and Disadvantages

 This was a turning point in my life and I started to do the research to find out the steps that I would have to go through to find out how to make this career come to life. As I fired up my computer I found several online colleges that offered classes to prepare me for my new career and sent off for more information.

Salary and Benefits

 There were several more reasons why I decided to start out in this profession. I think the main reason I wanted to pursue this career was because of the closeness with the public. Then another reason was the fact that a PT can make great money. It's true that you will have to put in the years in college but it would really be worth it. With a master of physiotherapy or even a doctor of PT the training programs can last up to three years. And the average salary for physical therapist can make up to $90,000 to $117,000 a year ( You have a good variety of where you will be and chances are not likely that you will be at a desk for very long at a time. You need to be up interacting with your patients and making a difference in someone's life.


 I chose Emory University as my University of my choice. A professional doctorate is a Doctor of PT or DPT. To prepare physical therapists for a practice in a health care environment the transition from the Master of PT degree to a professional doctorate was made. Unique in health care is the physiotherapist's expertise in movement and movement dysfunction. The educational needs of the PTs have gotten bigger than that of an independent practitioner as their societal and health care roles and responsibilities have grown.


Degree and Certificate

 A doctor of physical therapy degree is earned by students in the Division of PT at Emory. The program will start in June and will last three years until May in the third year. The majority of the required credits that a student needs for graduation must be earned at Emory University School of Medicine. The function of the human body along with the study of normal structure and the principles of movement science across the life span is what the students study for the first two semesters. During the 3rd semester the students study the pathophysiology and disease processes that is mixed with clinical problem solving in concurrent classes that have part time education with clinical experiences. Before a student gets a degree they need to complete 36 weeks of full time clinical internship at sites which carry the diverse condition in which physiotherapists study. The students from Emory get to choose from clinical education places around Metropolitan Atlanta and around the nation. The students come back to Emory to complete their research and to choose elective courses in different areas during the last semester in the DPT program. All physical therapists must take a state licensure examination after graduation. To take this state exam graduation from an accredited therapy program is required.

Physiotherapy: Patients and Results

 Is it frustrating for you to see clients led into either training or therapy situations where they have kind of just been brought in by the personality and then they are not receiving the care that they deserve and then maybe how do you identify when that’s happening, what’s a good therapist, what’s not, I know we talked about a few things earlier.

 With perfectionalism comes an appreciation for what you do and what you are good at and what you don’t do, what you are not good at and so referring people elsewhere I think is one of the best signs of a professional, as a physical therapist. I had an evaluation of a fellow who came all the way from Bedford, it was an hour and fifty minute drive one way, he had seen a chiropractor, a physical therapist and a primary care doctor, he has seen at least four people and he had back pain for about six months and he still isn’t any better. In fact, even on his examinations, the examinations alone increased his symptoms, what I found, a lot of time with him, was that his back pain was really coming from his left hip where he had limited inter rotation and a joint problem so I referred him to another orthopedist in Lynchburg to get evaluated and get an x ray of his hip, I think he has arthritis, so that’s me saying “Hey, look this is what I think is going on, I don’ provide that but I know a guy who does , he is in my network”. I think knowing what you do and doing that well and being comfortable and professional and referring out, so that certainly happens, I think there are a lot of people who are likeable but don’t produce results, so that’ the component, you get someone in the door and you connect with them and you build a report, licenceship, they like you, they like their experience but are they getting results so in our industry, I can dot across the board, success equals results and relationships.

Physical Therapy Internships

I felt the internship was, one of, if not the most important aspect of the degree. Your future potential employers don’t care as much about your GPA or where you graduate from or what courses you’ve taken, but they care a lot about what are your experiences and where have you interned, because that’s your network, that’s how you connect in your industry. So think big and try to find a biggest best closest internship, what you want to do is possible. If you’re interns here, it basically takes a recommendation from someone that I guess know to at least a phone review, I am going to look over your resume, we’re going to have a conversation to about what you want to do, where you want to go, what your background is, it is mandatory that you have a strength and conditioning or fitness background and also require that students are familiar with functional systems and of a movement screen and of the movement assessment, many have the passion for helping and serving other people and so out of my five PT students, I would say one of them was exceptionally bad and that was my first one.

 The subsequent four have done really good but one of which was an MBA strength coach for five years, he decided to go back to PT school an UNC and so because we are at functional limit systems headquarters, we do get a chance to have some really awesome interns and applicants but people who love what they do and their passion about their profession, usually in my experience, love having students so you think big, the industry has made our industry in the world really small so it’s easy to connect with people who are doing what you want to do and so I think you have to go for that.

 In fact, I would be concerned for students in this industry who are outgoing, who have difficulty cold calling or cold emailing people, I’d actually be concerned about if you are in the right industry or not cause I think that that outgoing personality, personal training at least is a big business, in those settings, it’s not about how good a personal trainer you are or how well you describe the slotting filament theory but it’s actually how good of a salesman are you, can you sell yourself, can you sell what you are providing and that was a huge delay for me, that was a hard lesson for me to learn as an undergrad. It didn’t matter how many courses I took, how my GPA was or how intelligent I thought I was but I needed to be lying about my clients, I needed to be confident enough and willing to reach out to them and pursue those clients, should share with them and demonstrate my value.

Cultivate Your PT Career

 And you talked about beginning to seek opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone that is not something that’s second nature for a lot of people, do you have any ideas on maybe how students can cultivate that if it’s not in their nature or if it’s kind of sink or swim kind of thing obviously having guidance from a mentor that pushed you out the window a little bit is important, it’s a tough question but if you have any thoughts on that?

 I’m really fascinated by the types of people that pursue different professions, that pursue different industries and I think there’s some insights. When you’re looking at a profession, it’s more important that you know yourself, that you need to understand what your own strengths and weaknesses are, so in those like kind of personality tests that you may not think are all that important, they really are because the more insights you have about yourself, for example, this is somewhat of an epiphany for me recently, I’m an extrovert, I talk quite a bit, I like to be around people, I get my energy from other people, so when students and people are around me, it doesn’t matter what the setting is, I get energy and life out of that, I get excited, I get motivated, I’m inspired because I like being around folks who want to learn the passion.

 But when I’m by myself, because I’m an extrovert, I tend to get more pessimistic and kind of negative about that and even almost kind of somewhat depressed about where I am and what I’m doing, so having that insight, that has encouraged me to welcome lots of students, I love having students because I know that I’m a better clinician that way, so know yourself, I guess that’s a first thing. My analysis of our industry is that extroverts, people who can make other folks to be welcome and feel comfortable, they are the most successful and so I think fundamentally whether you’re in medicine or you’re in fitness and wellness, you’re clients need to like you. That might seem like cheesy or sort of a well dug kind of a moment but they have to like you at some level. Now I would like to back up my likableness with results and science and a service that they see value in, cause I don’t just want to be likable guy, I want to have a relationship and I want to have results, that’s part of my personal life statement but you have to like people. If you don’t have strong personal skills or high levels of emotional intelligence and you don’t connect well with others quickly, then you come in to find a different avenue for your mash, you find a different industry and so maybe research is for or writing or something else but in our profession, it’s service based and you have to be around people all day, you have to be comfortable with that and the more natural that it comes, the higher chance of success you’re going to have.