Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Plan, prepare, or carry out individually designed programs of physical treatment to maintain, improve, or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction in patients.
  • Perform and document an initial exam, evaluating data to identify problems and determine a diagnosis prior to intervention.
  • Evaluate effects of treatment at various stages and adjust treatments to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.

Recommended Credentials

Doctorate and license (required to pass the State Board exam)

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Grand Valley State University (NMC University Center)

Allied Health

Any Bachelor’s degree as long as you have pre-requisites (check your desired D.P.T. school) such as Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and others

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

Pathway 2

University Center - Grand Valley State University through the Allied Health Sciences Bachelor Program

Pathway 3

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Inpatient Physical Therapist 
  • Home Health Physical Therapist
  • Outpatient Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • Neural Physical Therapist 

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