Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistants

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals specifically trained to diagnose and treat people regardless of age who have medical or health issues or conditions that interfere with their ability to move and perform the functional activities of daily life.

PTs are required to have a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program before they are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Today, the minimum educational requirement is a master's degree.  Most educational programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

Physical therapists practice in athletic facilities, corporate and industrial health environments, educational or research settings, homes, hospices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, schools of all types, skilled nursing facilities, athletic facilities, just to name a few.
Physical Therapists are licensed by the state in which they practice.  They often work with Physical Therapy Assistants who provide services under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. 

Physical Therapists are required to earn a specified number of CME/CEU credits for license renewal.  The American College of Physical Medicine is an approved provider of CME/CEU credited courses for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by the State of Illinois through its Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.


CME/CEU Courses