Questions and Answers
Q: I am considering a career in
Physical Therapy. Generally speaking, what are the
requirements and where are schools located?
Because of the growth in specialization in the field,
virtually all Physical Therapy programs are now either
2 or 3 year Masters degree programs, which require
4 years of undergraduate work prior to application.
Typically people first receive their undergraduate
degree in a related field (for example, Biology,)
then make application to a Physical Therapy Masters
Program. North Carolina is fortunate to have a number
of good programs.... Duke, UNC, East Carolina and
close to home at Western Carolina University. Competition
is usually tough, with many applicants for a limited
number of positions. Generally, students who are accepted
have a combination of excellent grades/admission test
scores and solid work or volunteer experience in the
field. Best of luck, it's a great field to be in.