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Pre-Physical Therapy

Pathway to Physical Therapy

Students interested in pursuing a career in Physical Therapy begin their studies at UMBC by following our Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum, in addition to following an academic major at UMBC. All students interested in Physical Therapy should plan to graduate first from UMBC. Upon successful completion of a degree, in addition to the pre-requisites for Physical Therapy school, students will complete four years in a physical therapy school at another institution.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Pathway

  • Complete BS/BA degree at UMBC in addition to completing necessary pre-requisites (~4 years)
  • Apply to accredited DPT program
  • Complete DPT degree (4 years)
  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) as well as any state exams required
  • Begin practicing as a licensed Physical Therapist

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Physical Therapists is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages of Physical Therapists were $72,290 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $60,300 and $85,540.
(Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Physical Therapists, on the Internet here (visited May 23, 2013).