About the Profession

PT students help a patient with physical therapy exercise

Physical therapy consistently ranks among the “most satisfying careers,” thanks to the pleasure that comes from helping individuals move forward with their daily lives.

Highly Educated with Clinical Expertise

Physical therapists (PTs) examine, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to elderly, who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and function in their daily lives.

To prepare for a career in physical therapy, individuals must complete a graduate degree from an accredited program and pass the national licensure examination.

Trusted Partners in Health

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using research-based and clinically proven treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. PTs help teach people how to understand their bodies so that they will be able to manage a health condition. They also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

PTs refer to and collaborate with other health professionals to help each individual achieve their optimum mobility and quality of life.


PTs provide individualized care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities.