Physical Therapy Pre-Professional Program University Of Nebraska Kearney
Physical therapists, also known as PTs, provide services that help improve mobility, restore function, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or diseases. PTs work closely with patients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and wellness for healthier and more active lifestyles. The Pre-Physical Therapy program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.
The educational requirements for admission to a physical therapy program vary from school to school. Many programs require a bachelor’s degree; some will accept applicants after 90 credit hours of undergraduate education. However, since the majority of students entering physical therapy school have a baccalaureate degree, students pursuing pre-physical therapy are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a bachelor's degree concurrently with the Pre-Physical Therapy program.
Responsibilities of a Physical Therapist:
- Diagnose patients’ dysfunctional movements by watching them stand or walk, and by listening to their concerns
- Set up a plan for their patients, outlining the patient’s goals and the planned treatments
- Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain and help them increase their ability to move
- Evaluate a patient’s progress, modify a treatment plan and try new treatments as needed
- Educate patients and their families about what to expect during recovery from injury and illness and how best to cope with what happens
Conditions treated by a Physical Therapist:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractures, dislocations
- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel
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