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UT Tyler Department of Biology

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Overview

Physical therapists work with patients who have lost certain physical abilities through injury or illness to relieve their pain, help them regain physical strength, help them recover the use of an afflicted limb, or relearn how to perform the activities of daily living. They confer with the patient's physician prior to initiating treatment and evaluation.

Evaluating a patient's physical ability through testing, which includes range-of-motion tests, manual-muscle tests, gait and functional analysis and other diagnostic tools, helps the therapist establish a program for the patient, teach the patient the techniques they need to use, and monitor their progress. Physical therapists work in rehabilitation, community health, industry, sports, research, education and administration. They also perform patient evaluations.

In Texas, physical therapists must receive a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university and then enroll in a doctor of physical therapy (entry-level DPT) program. There are no bachelor's degree programs for physical therapists in the state.

The state of Texas requires that all physical therapists hold at least a master's degree or doctoral DPT degree from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a national exam administered by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examine

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the annual average salary of a physical therapist in Texas (2011 data) is $74,500.

Related career fields include physical therapy assistant/aide and occupational therapist.

Texas Physical Therapy Programs

For more information or questions concerning courses at UT Tyler that will fulfill dental school prerequisites please contact:

Dr. James Koukl
Chief Health Professions Advisor
Department of Biology
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, Texas 75799
Office: BEP 114
903.566.7009

 

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