Licensing and Careers Information for Prospective Students of the Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy

All states require physical therapists to pass a licensure exam before they can practice after graduating from an accredited physical therapist educational program.

Over the past two years, 100% of our graduates successfully passed the professional licensure exam, and 100% obtained professional positions within 6 months of successful completion of the physical therapist licensure examination.

Aspiring physical therapists can opt for a master's degree or a doctoral degree, and a variety of post-professional options. Licensed physical therapists are expected to continue their professional development by participating in continuing education courses and workshops and a number of states require continuing education as a condition of maintaining one’s licensure.

Career Outlook

Employment for physical therapists is expected to grow by 36% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (11%).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the median annual earnings for physical therapists was $87,930.

Comparing various factors including personal satisfaction, job security, salary and growth opportunities for the profession, U.S. News & World Report ranked physical therapy as the:

  • 10th Best Health Care Job  
  • 15th of the top 100 Best Jobs 2020

Career Development


The MGH Institute provides Career Development for students and alumni.

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