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Becoming a Physical Therapist in Massachusetts – MA

Becoming a physical therapist in Massachusetts will require a degree, preferably a Bachelor of Science or a clinical doctoral program.  All accredited programs for physical therapy in the state of Massachusetts can be found at the bachelor or graduate stage of education.  It will require six years to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, though the Bachelor of Science degree can be obtained after only four years.  If you want to study physical therapy, you will start with basic classes in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology, then move on to more complicated topics, such as skeletal and neuromuscular disorders, educational methods, research, administration, and clinical practices, among others.


How to Become a Physical Therapist in Massachusetts

After that, you will need to gain experience in an actual clinical setting.  It will also help when you begin your professional career if you obtain volunteer experience at places such as hospital or nursing homes.  After you have received the requisite degree and real-world experience, the next step is to become licensed as a physical therapist in the state of Massachusetts.  To become licensed, you must pass the National Physical Therapy exam, which is given by the Federation of State boards of Physical Therapy, even for the state of Massachusetts.  After you are licensed, you will need to become registered as a physical therapist with the state of Massachusetts by applying to the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Physical Therapy. 

To contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Physical Therapy:

239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 727-3074
Fax: (617) 727-1944
Consumer Line: (617) 727-7406


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