- Get your bachelor's degree. Most professional DPT/MPT programs require it.
- Choose a graduate program. APTA offers a searchable database of accredited programs.
- Verify your coursework and demonstrated experiences meet your graduate program's requirements, which vary by school.
- Get your DPT or MPT.
- Take the licensing exam for the state in which you want to work. Visit the FSBPT site for PT licensure requirements and information.
Education Requirements for Physical TherapistsOctober 30th, 2012 1 Min read Blog
What does it take to become a licensed physical therapist? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) outlines in depth the degrees, licensure and curriculum involved. PT candidates must receive a graduate degree -- either a doctorate (DPT) or master's (MPT) -- in order to take the national licensing exam to then practice as physical therapists. Here is an overview of the process: