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Becoming a Physical Therapist in Connecticut – CT

In this time of unemployment rates approaching, and in some cases exceeding, 10% throughout the nation, it is comforting to know that in Connecticut, the field of physical therapy is experiencing healthy job growth. This is due, in part, to the wide range of industries in which physical therapists are employed. They provide a valuable service to home health care companies, schools (for special education therapy services), nursing home facilities, hospitals, and doctors’ and chiropractors’ offices. Physical therapists in the United States numbered 172,900 in 2006, with an expected growth rate of 27% by 2016. In Connecticut, in which nearly 3200 of them are employed, the job outlook is expected to go up by more than 18% by 2016. Moreover, with unemployment of 0.2 percent across the nation, physical therapy is expected to suffer little turnover.


How to Become a Physical Therapist in Connecticut

To become a physical therapist in Connecticut, you must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, or hold a current certification from the American Registry of Physical Therapists. Upon completion or proof of certification, the applicant must then obtain a license from the Office of Practitioner Licensing and Certification, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Contact information is below:

Office of Practitioner Licensing and Certification
Phone: (860) 509-8377
Fax: (860) 509-8457
Email: oplc.dph@po.state.ct.us

Physical Therapy Salary in Connecticut

The average annual salary for physical therapists in the U.S. is $85,000. In Connecticut, salaries varied from a low of $78,000 to a high of $96,000 for several of the state’s largest cities, with a state average of $91,000.

Bridgeport, $87,000
New Haven, $78,000
Hartford, $82,000
Stamford, $96,000
Waterbury, $83,000
Norwalk, $88,000
Danbury, $90,000

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