What does a physical therapist do?

Physical therapists evaluate, plan, and administer physical therapy programs to restore function, relieve pain, and prevent disability following disease, injury, or loss of a body part. Physical therapist assistants help administer tests and treatment programs under the direction of physical therapists. Physical therapy aides perform routine tasks to assist the physical therapy team.

What might a physical therapist do in a workday?

How much does a physical therapist earn?

How do I become an occupational therapist?

Students interested in becoming physical therapists should take challenging high school courses in science, math and English.

To be a licensed physical therapist, a student must have a Bachelor of Science Degree with associated prerequisites or either a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited school. Licensed physical therapist assistants must graduate from an approved two-year college program for physical therapy assistants and pass an examination. Physical therapist aides require a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training from their employers.

Where else can I learn about becoming a physical therapist?

Virginia Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax Street / Alexandria, VA 22314
tel:  (800) 999-2782, ext. 3235 / web:

American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax Street / Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
tel:  (703) 684-2782 or (800) 999-2782 / web:

State Licensure Requirements for Physical Therapists:

A license is required to practice as a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant in the state of Virginia. For more information on licensure, applications, and forms, visit

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 / Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 367-4674 / Email:

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Physical Therapists: