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How to Become a Military Physical Therapist

Before deciding to become a physical therapist in the military, it’s important to know that most physical therapy education programs are now considered Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs. As such, those who wish to become certified physical therapists may expect to be in school for a longer length of time that it would take to acquire a bachelor’s degree. Of course, the good news is those who complete DPT programs have a much better chance of finding work as a physical therapist, both in the military and in civilian life.


Here is what you need to know about becoming eligible to be a physical therapist in the Armed Forces:

  1. Pick a university that offers physical therapy as a major, and make sure that the program is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  2. Speak to an academic advisor to allow him or her to show you what you need to do to complete your physical therapy program in the least amount of time.
  3. Finish all required courses in the undergraduate program to satisfaction. Most of these programs are highly competitive and selective, so make sure that your grades and volunteer hours are exemplary.
  4. Become accepted into a DPT program.
  5. Finish all requirements in the professional program, including all exams and courses. You will also need to attend rotations at several medical facilities, as you will need to complete a research project before you are awarded accreditation. Satisfactorily complete the physical therapy examination following graduation. You will receive your license thereafter. Make sure to check with your state’s continuing education requirements to retain your license.
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  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
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  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
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  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
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  • Programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
  • Programs include an externship, allowing students to gain field experience.
  • Morning, day, and evening class options are available, as well as year-round start dates.
  • 13 campuses located across Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, with online options.
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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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