Being a physical therapist is an emotionally rewarding job. In most cases, physical therapists help people through very challenging emotional and physical periods in their lives. The following tips will assist you on your path to becoming a therapist.
Engage in an active lifestyle, your job as a physical therapist will involve a lot of athletic activity and exercise. Your body and your lifestyle is a reflection of yourself. The people you work with will have to see the potential they can reach through you. So make your lifestyle and dietary choices part of the active and rewarding lifestyle you would like your clients to engage in.
The great thing about being a physical therapist though is the ability to be able to go into different fields as part of your undergraduate course. It is advised to focus on an undergraduate course in health, science or psychology related field. This will form the basis of your knowledge. Depending on where you want to study physical therapy. After your undergraduate degree, you will have to get a Masters where you focus on learning about the biology, chemistry, and psychology of the human body. You will be expected to do a clinical rotation to apply what has been learned at the end of your coursework before officially becoming a physical therapist. Board certification is offered for therapists if they specialize in certain areas.
Once the above are done, you can go about obtaining a physical therapy license or apply for job vacancies. Depending on the area you are in, you may have to fulfill certain qualifications before you are licensed. This may include a criminal background check, an exam that may be taken three times in the period of a year and a law review. This is important to ensure high standard practice among physical therapists.