Physical therapy improves patients’ physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation, and patient education. Physical therapists use evidence-based kinesiology, electrotherapy, shockwave modality, exercise prescription, joint mobilization and health education to treats conditions such as chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders and physical impairments typically of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological and endocrinological origins.
There are physical therapy schools located at Marshall University College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy, West Virginia University (WVU) and Wheeling Jesuit University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Contact individual schools for degree requirements.
Students are required to have an appropriate undergraduate degree in order to be admitted to the program. Admissions is competitive with a minimum 3.5 GPA required. Background checks are often conducted.
Generally, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required but the entrance exam requirement may vary among institutions. For the most current information, review the GRE web site.
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