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Careers in Physical Therapy

A Look at Physical Therapy Jobs and Careers

It is estimated that 80+% of licensed physical therapists1 are practicing at the baccalaureate level. But considering the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision 20202 initiative and the more recent Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession and Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision3, the time to get your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is now!

Vision 2020: "By the year 2020, physical therapy will be provided by Physical Therapists who are Doctors of Physical Therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement function and health."
- APTA House of Delegates, June 2000

New Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession: “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. This includes the following guiding principles to achieve the vision: identity, quality, collaboration, values, innovation, consumer-centricity, access-equity and advocacy.”

Vision 2020 and the newest vision aside, there are many other reasons to earn your DPT degree. By expanding on your physical therapy experience and becoming a better overall physical therapy practitioner, you will take your physical therapy career to new levels. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook for physical therapists to increase by 36% through 2022, and DPT graduates will be in the best position to take advantage of the growing number of opportunities in the PT field. Additionally, completing the online DPT program can prepare you for high level (and high paying) physical therapy positions, such as:

  • ::  Senior Physical Therapist
  • ::  Lead Physical Therapist
  • ::  Physical Therapist Director

Physical Therapy Job Outlook According to U.S. Department of Labor

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AJ Fus: I am a physical therapist originally from New York and now living in Florida. Sherri Stone: I have over eighteen years of physical therapy experience, partially PTA and partially physical therapy. I have a Master's in Physical Therapy. AJ Fus: I chose the pptDPT Program at Utica College due to my familiarity with the program as a graduate of their entry level program. Also, there's the convenience of being online as well as the cost. Sherri Stone: I chose the program because it was offered online and I had the right recommendations of a couple of my friends. AJ Fus: The benefits of the residency were that it allowed us to learn about and become familiar with the online format, learn how to use the library; meet our classmates as well as meet some of the faculty. Sherri Stone: The residency actually helped me start the program because we had a library internship. We got to see the college, we got to speak with a librarian, we saw the campus, and we actually had first-hand experience with the computer program. We got to also meet a lot of the instructors. AJ Fus: What I liked most about the program was the diversity of the classmates. Being in class with individuals from around the country as well as from around the world and from all different backgrounds was really a benefit to helping learn from them. Sherri Stone: What I like most about the program is that it is online. I can do it at my leisure and the times that they give for our assignments to be done are very reasonable. I'm one that needs to work at twelve o' clock at night because my children are sleeping. I have three very small boys and I do everything after they're in bed. You can do that with this program, and the teachers are so good at emailing you back when you have any kind of questions. Everybody is very helpful. AJ Fus: What I liked most about the faculty is that they were very open and able to be approached through email, some through phone calls. They were quick with responses to any questions you had. Sherri Stone: It was giving me exposure to areas I have never been exposed to before. I have never done any kind of radiology, I have not done any kind of pathophysiology or pharmacology, so it was actually really interesting to learn about it because most of our patients do have questions and now I feel I am much more prepared to answer those.


If you want to take the next step in your physical therapy career path, earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy from one of the best physical therapy schools in New York. Utica’s online DPT program is designed to accommodate your busy schedule, which means you can gain the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to earn the title of Doctor of Physical Therapy when and where it’s most convenient for you.

If you would like more information about the online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Request More Information or call us at 315.732.2640 or toll-free at 866.295.3106. An admissions representative will answer any questions you might have about why Utica College is the right choice for your pptDPT education.