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 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the median annual earnings for physical therapists were $84,020.

  • The middle 50 percent earned between $69,620 and $98,930
  • The lowest 10 percent earned $57,060
  • The highest 10 percent earned $119,790

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:

Career Development

The MGH Institute provides Career Development for students and alumni.

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