University of Nebraska Medical Center

What is a physical therapist?

The Profession

PT students practice on each other in class

A physical therapist is a health care professional who evaluates and treats people with health problems resulting from injury or disease. PTs assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of heart and lungs, and performance of activities required in daily living, among other responsibilities. Treatment includes a broad range of therapeutic exercise techniques, cardiovascular endurance training, and training in activities of daily living.

The need for physical therapists is expected to remain strong as the US population ages and the demand for physical therapy services grows.

Additional information about physical therapy, including listings of all accredited physical therapy and physical therapist assistant educational programs may be found at American Physical Therapy Association Careers.

Starting wage: $67,000
Middle-range wage: $91,010
Job after graduation from our UNMC Physical Therapy program: 100%

Students in the UNMC PT program answer question about what it's like to be a student in the program.

What can I do next?

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If you'd like to find out about our program to become a physical therapist, review the Physical Therapy academics information and requirements.
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