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PhD in Physical Therapy
A PhD in Physical Therapy is a terminal degree that focuses primarily on clinical practice and research. These doctoral programs develop future educators and clinical researchers. With a PhD in Physical Therapy, you can continue to practice as a physical therapist or pursue careers in academia or research institutions.
Finding an online program for your desired concentration can be difficult. Many schools now offer alternatives to their traditional programs, but each school can differ greatly in selection of specializations and programs. Several schools now specialize in online programs, including:
- Capella University
- Grand Canyon University
- Northcentral University
- University of the Rockies
- Walden University
My Degree and What It’s Good For
Once you’ve earned your Ph.D. in Physical Therapy, you’ll be prepared to in fast-growing science and pharmaceutical industries or move on to a faculty appointment at a college or university. You can also find employment in other industries including:
- Offices of Other Health Practitioners
- General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
- Home Health Care Services
- Nursing Care Facilities
- Offices of Physicians
My Earning Potential
Physical therapists earned a mean annual wage of $79,830 in May 2011, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industries with the highest level of employment in this occupation include general medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services, nursing care facilities, and office of physicians. With a PhD in Physical Therapy, you’ll be in a strong position to qualify for top-level jobs in many of these industries, including academia and other private and public sectors.