Gogebic Community College

Physical Therapy

Nature of the Work

Physical therapists improve the mobility, relieve the pain, and prevent or limit the permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Their patients include accident victims and disabled individuals with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, nerve imjuries, burns, amputations, head injuries, fractures, low back pain, arthritis, and heart disease.

Employment

Physical therapists held about 102,000 jobs in 1994, about 1 in 4 worked part time. Hospitals employed one-third and offices of other health practitioners, including those of physical therapists, one-quarter of all salaried physical therapists in 1994.

In 1994, the median annual earnings of salaried physical therapists who worked full time were $37,596.

Job Outlook

Employment of physical therapists is expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through the year 2005. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.

Training

All states require physical therapists to pass a license exam after graduating from an accredited physical therapy program. The program at GCC is designed to provide students with the general education requirements for the first year, which are designed to transfer to a university system. Competition for entry to physical therapy programs is keen, so interested students should attain superior grades in high school and college, especially in science courses. Most education programs also require experience as a volunteer in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic for admission.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
MTH 110 College Algebra
4
PSY 101 General Psychology
4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
  TOTAL CREDITS
36

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207