Vermont Physical Therapy Education
Physical therapists are in high demand, and if you are someone who wants to pursue this profession and you enjoy skiing, quaint bed & breakfast establishments and beautiful scenery then Vermont is a great place to work toward a degree and eventual career, and have fun in the process.
High school students with a passion for learning sciences may find themselves ahead of the curve when it comes to earning an undergraduate degree and then the master's or doctorate that will allow them to put themselves in a position to be licensed to work as a physical therapist. Therapists must have extensive knowledge of the make up of the human body and the ways in which individual parts operate on their own and in unison with other body parts and groupings.
While national guidelines establish a two-year master's degree as the minimum educational requirement for a physical therapist, the state of Vermont makes no such requirements. Thus, in theory, it would be possible to practice physical therapy in Vermont without a graduate degree. However, since most therapists do obtain at least a master's, finding an employer willing to hire a physical therapist with only a four year degree might prove difficult.
This being said, potential physical therapist in Vermont should seek an undergraduate degree specifically designed for a career in physical therapy. However, if for some reason this is not an option, students should take as many physical sciences as possible as part of their degrees. Then the master's degree will build on the undergraduate work. Master's and doctorate degrees can be earned online. This often proves easier for many students, especially those with families or with fulltime jobs. Online programs often fail to provide vital hands on experience, but still this is a better option than not pursuing a graduate degree.
Once students in the state have completed their academic requirements they are allowed to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam. Even after gaining licensure, therapists are expected to continue their educations and meet the guidelines for their profession. Failure to meet these standards could lead to the state governing agency refusing to renew therapists' licenses. In Vermont, licenses must be renewed every two years. The license will expire if not renewed, and practicing without a license is a serious offense. There are also monetary penalties for not renewing a license in the allotted time period.
Because of the national requirements for people looking to enter the field of physical therapy, students in Vermont who are seeking a physical therapy degree will find that their courses of study are much like those of students in Montana, South Carolina or any other of the U.S. states, even though Vermont does not impose some of the regulations imposed by other states.
The major differences experienced by students in Vermont will come thanks to the uniqueness of this small New England state. This is a great place to spend the early fall when the leaves on the many trees are changing colors.