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    Lightbulb Physical Therapy - Does a dl program exist?

    Hello, A friends son has been unsuccessful getting into a PT program with a high 3.4 GPA. According to the letters he has received their are more applicants then ever trying to get into programs. Suggestions appreciated. Hille

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    Hi, I see that this question has been posted and St. Augustine is the only current option which is DETC. If you were going to suggest a jumping off point academically to get into PT in 2013 what would your ideas be? Thanks for the input. Hille

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    Sorry Hille, all the programs that I know are Masters programs.
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    Hi, Hille. BS programs are being phased out (if they haven't been already) and master's programs will follow soon, now that the goal is to make the doctorate the minimum qualification. Any bachelor's degree should do for entry into the master's programs, but what's important is that specific college courses have already been taken prior to applying to/starting the master's program. Each university has its own list of prerequisite courses, but typical ones are two semesters' worth of credits in anatomy & physiology with lab, biology with lab, and chemistry with lab. Some universities also require hours of documented volunteer or paid, supervised experience in a physical therapy setting prior to applying to their master's or doctoral programs.

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    Hello, This student already has two summers of supervised physical therapy aide work. I will do a little more digging in the PT Masters option. This must be RA not DETC for the Delaware Valley employment. Thanks for input. Hille

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arch23 View Post
    Hi, Hille. BS programs are being phased out (if they haven't been already) and master's programs will follow soon, now that the goal is to make the doctorate the minimum qualification. Any bachelor's degree should do for entry into the master's programs, but what's important is that specific college courses have already been taken prior to applying to/starting the master's program. Each university has its own list of prerequisite courses, but typical ones are two semesters' worth of credits in anatomy & physiology with lab, biology with lab, and chemistry with lab. Some universities also require hours of documented volunteer or paid, supervised experience in a physical therapy setting prior to applying to their master's or doctoral programs.
    What would be the reasoning for this move? Does PT really need to be a doctorate level profession (not asking sarcastically, I really know very little about it)?

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    Simply following the trend: PharmD, JD, DMin, PsyD, and now the PTD. Is it necessary, probably not, but, why not when you can increase the revenue for the school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psydoc View Post
    Simply following the trend: PharmD, JD, DMin, PsyD, and now the PTD. Is it necessary, probably not, but, why not when you can increase the revenue for the school?
    That sounds like the most basic, but realistic, answer. I hope that it at least benfits the consumer with a better ROI in the long run.

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