What Can You Do With A Major In Physical Therapy?
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must be able to discern and comprehend dimensional and spatial relationships of structures
understand the basis and content of ethical physical therapy practice.
compassion, empathy, altruism, integrity, responsibility, and tolerance.
emotional stability to function effectively under stress
adapt to an environment which may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways.
process and communicate information on the patient's status with accuracy in a timely manner to physical therapist colleagues and other members of the health care team.
communicate effectively with patients and family, physicians and other members of the health care team.
capable of responsive, empathetic listening to establish rapport in a way that promotes openness on issues of concern and sensitivity to potential cultural differences.
assessment and management of movement disorders.
safely assist a patient in moving, for example, from a chair to a bed, or from a wheelchair to a commode.
ability to move him- or herself and the patient in three-dimensional space in order to perform motor function tests and treatments.
able to ensure the physical safety of a patient at all times.
ability to discern skin, subcutaneous masses, muscles, bones, joints, lymph nodes, and intra-abdominal organs (for example, liver and spleen). The student must be able to perceive the presence of abnormalities which are not within the musculoskeletal system, such as masses in the abdomen.
ability to take, and document in a patient's record, an appropriate history, and perform a physical examination. Such tasks require the ability to communicate with the patient and family. The student must also be capable of perceiving the signs of disease, especially neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, as manifested through the physical examination. Such information is derived from observation and palpation of the body surfaces, palpable changes in various organs and tissues, and auditory information (such as patient voice and heart tones).
able to develop reasoning and decision making skills appropriate to the practice of physical therapy.
From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary
Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Entry Level with a
Master's Degree $66,000
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The Brooks College of
Health at the
University of North Florida offers a Doctor
of Physical Therapy.
American Physical Therapy Association Federation
of State Boards of Physical Therapy Florida
Physical Therapy Association
Physical Therapy "The Web Space"
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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