Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve body movement and manage pain. They diagnose patients? dysfunctional movements by observing them stand or walk, use exercise and equipment to ease patients? pain, evaluate patients? progress, and set up therapy plans for patients. PTs usually work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The 2010 median pay for physical therapists was $76,310, and the job outlook from 2010-2020 is 39 percent, which is must faster job growth than average.
Since the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) no longer accredits undergraduate degrees, PTs are required to earn a postgraduate professional degree from an accredited academic program. A student can either earn a Master of Physical Therapy or a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In addition, all states require physical therapists be licensed.
Courses include anatomy, ethics, neuroscience, chemistry, orthopedics, biology, physiology, therapeutic applications, pharmacology, physical therapy modalities, and kinesiology. Students will learn how to plan, prepare, and carry out individual treatment programs; record data in a patient?s chart; and identify anticipated progress. Students should be prepared to undergo clinical rotations under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These clinicals provide students with hands-on experience while practicing therapy procedures and diagnosing patients.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston offers 2 Physical Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 75 Physical Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 75 Doctoral degrees.
University of the Incarnate Word offers 2 Physical Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 75 Physical Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 75 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Texas Woman's University Denton, TX||35 : 1||15,886|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX||15 : 1||5,294|
|The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, TX||29 : 1||3,354|
|Baylor University Waco, TX||16 : 1||18,033|
|The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX||33 : 1||25,177|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX||15 : 1||3,386|
|Angelo State University San Angelo, TX||34 : 1||10,568|
|Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX||30 : 1||13,166|
|Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX||22 : 1||2,324|
|University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, TX||23 : 1||3,846|
|Texas State University San Marcos, TX||28 : 1||38,187|
|University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX||26 : 1||8,175|
|University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX||48 : 1||2,299|
|University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX||2,237|
|Amarillo College Amarillo, TX||50 : 1||9,739|
|Angelina College Lufkin, TX||45 : 1||4,672|