pt class 2019A career as a physical therapist (PT) allows you to work directly with patients to improve their movement and manage their pain. Physical therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.

Demand for physical therapy is projected to grow due to the aging baby boomers generation, who are not only staying active later in life, but are susceptible to health conditions, such as strokes, that may require physical therapy. Physical therapists also treat people with mobility issues stemming from diabetes or obesity.

A Doctor in Physical Therapy degree is required for physical therapists entering into the profession, and all states require physical therapist to be licensed. 

With a Doctor in Physical Therapy degree you can work as a physical therapist in:

  • Clinics
  • Private Practices
  • Hospitals
  • Patient's Homes
  • Nursing Homes

For additional information regarding physical therapy careers, visit the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Accreditation Statement

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 205-934-3566 or email

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