School students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy may
benefit from basic and advanced coursework in biology, human anatomy and
physiology, chemistry, physics, health, art and the social sciences.
Paid or volunteer (connect link to Volunteer page) experience in the
health care or human services field is often considered favorably by
college admissions offices and can help a student considering multiple
career options be more definitive in choosing his or her career path.
Physical therapists need a doctoral degree
from an accredited physical therapy program and a State license, requiring
passing scores on national and State examinations. Entry level
doctoral programs are available for those who have completed their
undergraduate studies and are looking to pursue a career in physical
therapy. A transitional Doctorate is also available for those
professionals who want to continue their educational experience and
advance their degree to that of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
to retain their licenses, many states require physical therapists to take
continuing education classes and attend workshops.
Completion of academic
fieldworks is required for licensure within the area of physical
therapy and is usually arranged between the academic program and clinical
site fieldwork coordinators. A current contract between the school and the
participating fieldwork site is required for participation. St. Mary
Medical Center currently has contracts with several schools (link to list
of schools) and is accepting students from these locations. If you
are interested in participating in fieldwork at St. Mary Medical Center
and your school does not have a current contract with our hospital, please
Springer PT, Fieldwork Coordinator at 215-710-2189, to
initiate development of a contract.
- Approximately 44 weeks of supervised clinical experience are
required prior to program completion.
Please contact Aimee
PT, Fieldwork Coordinator at 215-710-2189 if you are interested in St.
Mary Medical Center for your Fieldwork opportunity.
St. Mary Medical Center’s
Physical Therapy Department offers many opportunities for observation,
volunteer and clinical internship.
Schools offering Physical
Therapy studies that currently have contracts with