Questions about Physical Therapy

Question: How can I get into sports physical therapy?

Answer: First, you would need to obtain a degree in physical therapy. Information on the educational requirements for physical therapy, as well as accredited physical therapy education programs, can be found on our web page, http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Prospective_Students&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=218&ContentID=21562 .
Once you have obtained your PT degree, then you would be able to specialize in the sports area after some experience. The Sports Physical Therapy Section of APTA has a website that may be of interest to you, http://www.spts.org/ .

I hope the above information has been helpful. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Eva Phelps
Assistant to Director
Minority/International Affairs, APTA
T: (703) 706-8554
F: (703) 706-8519
E-mail: evaphelps@apta.org
Web: www.apta.org


Question: How do I become a pediatric physical therapist?

Answer: First, you would need to obtain a degree in physical therapy. Information on the educational requirements for physical therapy, as well as accredited physical therapy education programs, can be found on our web page, http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Prospective_Students&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=218&ContentID=21562

Once you have obtained your PT degree, then you would be able to specialize in the pediatrics area after some experience. The Pediatrics Section of the APTA has information on their website that may be of interest to you. Their web page is http://www.pediatricapta.org/ .

I hope the above information has been helpful.

Eva Phelps
Assistant to Director
Minority/International Affairs, APTA
T: (703) 706-8554
F: (703) 706-8519
E-mail: evaphelps@apta.org
Web: www.apta.org


Question: How do I get information about scholarship and financial aid?

Answer: The American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) “Financial Assistance” Resource Guide (Order Number P­62) contains a comprehensive listing of assistance available from different organizations/associations and also includes information on minority scholarships available. The term “minority” refers to US citizens and legal permanent residents who are members of the following racial/ ethnic minority groups: African-American/Black, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino.

The cost of the packet is $10 for APTA members; $17 for non APTA members (plus $5 shipping charges). We would encourage you to purchase this packet, as it has an abundance of useful information. Your check for the book plus postage should be forwarded to APTA, Service Center, 1111 North Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314 or call (703) 706-3395. This book can be ordered through the APTA Online Resource Catalog from our Home Page, www.apta.org .

For other avenues of assistance, I suggest contacting any local banks, the State Department of Education in your home state, the Financial Aid Office of the PT program and searching the World Wide Web. Some web sites that may be of assistance can be found on our web page, http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=28440&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm .

There is a publishing company, Garrett Park Press, which publishes various books on minority organizations and financial aid. They can be reached at Garrett Park Press, Inc., PO Box 190, Garrett Park, MD 20896, (301) 946-2553; Fax: (301) 949-3955.

Eva Phelps
Assistant to Director
Minority/International Affairs, APTA
T: (703) 706-8554
F: (703) 706-8519
E-mail: evaphelps@apta.org
Web: www.apta.org


Question: How do I volunteer to learn about physical therapy?

Answer: You are interested in volunteer opportunities. The best suggestion we can give is to contact a local hospital or clinic directly using your phone book. Inform them of your interest in physical therapy as a profession and how you would like to learn about it first hand. They will let you know of any opportunities available and what is required.

Eva Phelps
Assistant to Director
Minority/International Affairs, APTA
T: (703) 706-8554
F: (703) 706-8519
E-mail: evaphelps@apta.org
Web: www.apta.org

 

 


Question: How do I prepare for a PT education?

Answer: You should consider a degree in biological or other sciences or health related courses. Then you should apply to a Masters program. More information on the PT profession, including educational requirements, can be found on our web page, http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Prospective_Students&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=218&ContentID=21562 .
Question: What are the activities of a physical therapist?

Answer: Information on the activities of a physical therapist can be found on our web page, http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Prospective_Students&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=218&ContentID=21562

Depending upon the setting where a therapist works can determine whether the day is either fast or slow. Our Mentoring Resource Directory lists those minority members available for contact regarding the profession of physical therapy. Please let me know if you would like to receive a copy. I hope the above information has been helpful to you in your educational endeavors.

 

 

 
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