Guest Article By Chris Foerster. Chris has no affiliation to FitPT or FitBUX.
Are you planning on becoming a successful physical therapist? Congratulations! You’ve chosen one of the noblest and most rewarding careers on the face of the planet.
However, before you get to your desired destination, there is a journey you must begin. The only way to get that journey commenced is by attending physical therapy school where you will be taught what you need to know in order to become a physical therapist one day.
Don't just pick any physical therapy school that you can find or simply because it’s the only one you got into. This article gives you three reasons why choosing the right physical therapy school is important for you to attain success in the industry that you are planning to become a part of!
Before we get to the 3 reasons, I would like to point out 2 important topics….
Lots Of Schools To Choose From
There are tons of open positions with lucrative pay for physical therapists. There are also many physical therapy schools in our midst these days. However, not all of them are the same. Choose the wrong school and you may fail to land your dream position or end up head of heels in student loan debt!
According to a US News article, “The future looks bright for physical therapists. Thanks in part to an aging population, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 34-percent growth in this field through 2024.” The fact that physical therapists are constantly in demand doesn't really come as a shock. As long as people end up with physical injuries and diseases that cause problems with mobility/pain, there will be a job waiting for any licensed physical therapist.
The importance of choosing the right institution to become a good and successful physical therapist cannot be stressed enough. Who is on their staff? Where do most of their alumni work? How much in student loans will I have to use to go to school? These are just a handful of the questions you need to answer before choosing the right physical therapy school.
Considerations, Considerations, Considerations
One of the most important things you should check when selecting a physical therapy school is that the program being offered should be accredited.
Then there is also the matter of cost. No matter how “highly ranked” the program is or how great the passing rate, it amounts to nothing if you cannot finish your schooling because of financial reasons or graduate with student loans that would equal a mortgage on a house. FitBUX has built tools specifically to analyze the cost of each physical therapy which should be used in your decision.
Accessibility is a very important thing to consider. Can you easily get to your physical therapy classes on a daily basis without the added stress of long expensive commutes? Does your school provide easy access to various essential services? It can be very nerve-racking and costly for a physical therapy student to attend a school that is not convenient as it can keep him or her from devoting much needed time to getting educated.
With those topics considered, here are the top 3 reasons why it's likelier for you to become a successful physical therapist one day if you attend the right physical therapy school:
Reason #1: Get Your Career Started as Soon as Possible
As mentioned earlier, it's important to ensure that the physical therapy school you are eyeing is an accredited program. Also, you may have to start from scratch since it's likely the physical therapy school you are considering does not accept units you earned from your previous school!
Choosing the right physical therapy program entails choosing one with the least impediments possible. The goal should be to begin your dream career as soon as possible. This allows you to keep student loans down and start making money sooner.
Reason #2: Get The Knowledge and Skills You Need
The right physical therapy school should have a mix of faculty that are both research trained and clinically experienced. There should be enough teachers available for each class to ensure that every student is given enough attention. Attending a school where the ratio of teachers to students is less than impressive can be a detriment to a successful physical therapy career.
Similarly, an on-site clinic is optimal. Physical therapy students can put in practice all of the things that they learn inside the classroom. With the help of actual physical therapists, an on-site clinic can help enhance the learning experience of physical therapy students.
Reason #3: You Have Better Chances of Passing the Licensure Exam
Getting your Doctorate is beginning of your lucrative career in the world of physical therapy. You will have to first pass the licensure exam before you can go hunting for your dream job. When looking at your physical therapy school options, you should consider a school's NPTE pass rate. One question to ask: Does the physical therapy school you are considering “let you” take the NPTE before you graduate? If they do, you can get your career started sooner.
FitBUX’s Pre-DPT Solution
FitBUX created a Pre-DPT Solution that gives you the ability to compare physical therapy programs side-by-side. Now you can compare costs, incomes in different states for varying career paths, NPTE pass rates, average GPA and GRE scores for incoming students, teacher to student ratios, and so much more. Click the button below for more information….