A physical therapist is one of the most in demand and highest paid professions. The job of a physical therapist is to help patients recover from illnesses and surgeries, and help them improve their motor skills. The road to becoming a physical therapist may be hard, but you can do it as long as you have just the right ounce of determination to get you through.
So how does one become a physical therapist and what skills and characteristics should they have?
Educational background
Nothing beats having a great mentor, teacher, or school to teach you all the basics and technicalities of being a physical therapist. Indeed, the best schools produce the best physical therapists in the country, so it is every aspiring therapist’s dream to get into these institutions.
Getting in is actually hard, but staying is even harder. With the high standards that each school implements, students undergo rigorous training and exams in order to get their degree. Going to a good physical therapy school will also make you meet great mentors and people from the industry who will teach you all the ins and outs and what is needed in order to survive.
They say that experience is the best teacher, well indeed it is. Even though you have studied in one of the top notch physical therapy schools in the country, nothing beats having experience in the real world. Some schools even require gaining experience first as a prerequisite in your application to the university. Physical Therapy isn’t just about the learning and rigorous trainings to be done by patients.
A physical therapist should also know how to create a good relationship with his or her patient. The healing process could take weeks, months, or even years before one can truly recover, and during that period the physical therapist is the only person the patient can trust. If the patient feels that you are too harsh on him or her then the program will not work. As a PT you need to create a rapport with all your patients.
Get a license
Nothing can make you more credible as a physical therapist than becoming a licensed physical therapist. Different states have different ways of helping you obtain a license for physical therapy. Generally, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy administers the National Physical Therapy Examination, and all physical therapists are expected to pass this. This exam is held to test a physical therapist’s competency in terms of consultation, practice, and theory.

Becoming a physical therapist can be very rewarding since you get to be a part of a lot of people lives and help them recover from injuries and anything that hinders them from going about their daily routine. It can also be one of the best jobs since it is considered as one of the highest paying jobs in the country and the demand for physical therapists continue to grow. Becoming one is possible; you just have to work hard for it.

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Elias Riojas is a freelance writer from Dallas, Texas. You can read his latest articles on the Toshiba NB505 review and the Acer Aspire One AO722 here.