How to Start a Physiotherapy Career
If one wants to help others with physical problems, one might want to
start a physiotherapy career. By doing so, one could learn to evaluate
physical problems, create plans for patients, and see to carrying out
those plans. A physiotherapy career can be professionally rewarding.
The average physiotherapist is between 25 and 54, earns $50,000 to
$60,000, and works in a full-time salaried position. Many of these
started out with a BA degree, but the trend is towards hiring MA degree
or doctoral degree holders who are beginning a physiotherapy career.
If one is considering a physiotherapy career, the degree one gets in
important. A physiotherapy aide can get an entry-level degree at a
university, community college, or technical school. This is a two-year
degree. After graduation, the physiotherapy aide will perform many jobs
in the treatment of patients, under the direction of the physiotherapist.
To begin a physiotherapy career as a professional, one needs to get
either a master's degree or a doctoral degree. With the master's degree
programs, one may have to enter the program at the same time one starts
college. At other places, one simply takes about three years of school
after the bachelor's degree. Doctoral degrees have similar requirements.
Before one gets into a physiotherapy degree program, one needs to meet
specific requirements. Coursework in various life sciences like biology,
anatomy are needed. Also important are courses in fields like psychology
and social science.
To choose a school to prepare one for a physiotherapy degree, it is wise
to consider whether that school offers clinical experiences as a part of
the training. It is also important to be aware of the degrees that are
available to earn, and the length of the course of study.
The final step before getting that first job to start a physiotherapy
career is accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical
Therapy Education (CAPTE) is tasked with ensuring that physiotherapists
are fit for the licensing exam. At that point, the licensure exam must
be taken and passed. Employers are impressed with high licensure scores.
Once the test is complete, you are ready to start your physiotherapy
Once the career is started, there will be several things to consider.
One is that many states expect one to get routine updates on one's
education. This can be done through workshops and continuing education
courses. You will not be able to keep your license without keeping up on
the latest knowledge throughout your physiotherapy career.
Also, you may want to consider a specialty. There are physiotherapy
career specialties in geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurological
disorders, and sports medicine, to name a few. By choosing a specialty,
you make yourself more valuable, thus earning yourself a higher salary
and often more respect. Besides this, you can choose a field that is the
most important to you.
You can begin your physiotherapy career by researching schools and
finding which ones have the best programs for you. If you do become a
physiotherapy professional, you will find both financial and personal
rewards await you.