If you are trying to choose between Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy and are not sure what the difference between the two professions is, I recommend you to keep reading this blog.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “What does a physical therapist do?” A physical therapist (PT) provides therapy to help restore and/or improve movement. For example, if you had an accident and are having trouble walking, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapists will work on reducing pain and swelling, and then eventually work on strengthening your lower body as well as flexibility and endurance.
Physical therapy also prevents or limits physical disabilities. An example would be a long-term health problem like tendon problems or Parkinson’s disease. A physical therapist will help you recover mobility and improve your performance of daily tasks. Physical therapists work with individuals to create a treatment plan using techniques that promote movement and reduce pain. PTs help the individual develop a fitness and wellness program that encourages living healthier and a more active lifestyle. They work at clinics, hospitals, nursing homes or may go to their patients’ home.
Here at Texas Tech University we offer Pre-Physical Therapy as a track and not a major which means that you will have to declare a major after 45 college credit hours. Under the Pre-PT track you will be completing your prerequisites for the Physical Therapy Program. A bachelor’s degree is required to apply to the program and is a great backup plan. The program will be looking at your GPA, so you want to maintain a 3.5 or above. They will also look at your extracurricular activities and volunteer hours. Not only are they looking for you to be a member of an organizations but it is better to be an officer. For more information on how to become a Physical Therapist, read The Right Track to Becoming a Physical Therapist. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the PPHC advisors at 806-742-3078.
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