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Working As A Director Of Physical Therapy

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $85,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Physical Therapy Do

A Director of Physical Therapy manages physical therapy services through developing strategies, policies, and procedures for a hospital, clinic, managed care organization, or similar organization. They supervise and assess the activities of medical, nursing, technical, and other personnel.

How To Become A Director Of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Education

In 2015, there were more than 200 programs for physical therapists accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). All programs offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

DPT programs typically last 3 years. Most programs require a bachelor’s degree for admission as well as specific educational prerequisites, such as classes in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Some programs admit college freshmen into 6- or 7-year programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and a DPT. Most DPT programs require applicants to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Physical therapist programs often include courses in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Physical therapist students also complete at least 30 weeks of clinical work, during which they gain supervised experience in areas such as acute care and orthopedic care.

Physical therapists may apply to and complete a clinical residency program after graduation. Residencies typically last about 1 year and provide additional training and experience in specialty areas of care. Therapists who have completed a residency program may choose to specialize further by completing a fellowship in an advanced clinical area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Several states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. Check with state boards for specific licensing requirements.

After gaining work experience, some physical therapists choose to become a board-certified specialist. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties offers certification in 8 clinical specialty areas, including orthopedics, sports, and geriatric physical therapy. Board specialist certification requires passing an exam and at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or completion of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)-accredited residency program in the specialty area.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Physical therapists are often drawn to the profession in part by a desire to help people. They work with people who are in pain and must have empathy for their patients.

Detail oriented. Like other healthcare providers, physical therapists should have strong analytic and observational skills to diagnose a patient’s problem, evaluate treatments, and provide safe, effective care.

Dexterity. Physical therapists must use their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. They should feel comfortable massaging and otherwise physically assisting patients.

Interpersonal skills. Because physical therapists spend a lot of time interacting with patients, they should enjoy working with people. They must be able to clearly explain treatment programs, motivate patients, and listen to patients’ concerns to provide effective therapy.

Physical stamina. Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, moving as they demonstrate proper techniques and help patients perform exercises. They should enjoy physical activity.

Resourcefulness. Physical therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be flexible and able to adapt plans of care to meet the needs of each patient.

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Real Director Of Physical Therapy Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Physical Therapy Transformative Medical Health NYC PLLC New York, NY May 01, 2015 $187,830
Physical Therapis Adarna Home Health Care Services, Inc. Mishawaka, IN Mar 09, 2011 $125,220
Director of Physical Therapy Virginia Healthcare Services of Fredericksburg LLC Fredericksburg, VA Aug 18, 2016 $117,686
Director of Physical Therapy Martin Hospital Corporation Martin, TN Nov 11, 2013 $114,004
Doctor of Physical Therapy Health Succes Rehab Centers Harlingen, TX Aug 03, 2011 $110,000 -
$115,000
Director of Physical Therapy Wilbarger County Hospital District Vernon, TX Jul 20, 2010 $110,000
Director of Physical Therapy Refit Physical Restoration LLC Jersey City, NJ Dec 21, 2015 $104,350
Physical Therapy Golden Oaks Holdings, LLC Los Gatos, CA Mar 01, 2010 $102,263
Physical Therapy Golden Oaks Holdings, LLC Los Gatos, CA Feb 25, 2010 $102,263
Director of Physical Therapy Transformative Health LLC New York, NY May 15, 2014 $96,000
Clinical Director of Physical Therapy Be Pain Free Pt Inc. MA Dec 09, 2016 $93,600
Physical Therapy Woodmere Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Woodmere, NY Sep 02, 2012 $89,741
Physical Therapy Woodmere Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Woodmere, NY Sep 01, 2012 $89,741
Therapeutic Physical Therapy PC Therapeutic Physical Therapy PC NY Sep 10, 2015 $73,045
Therapeutic Physical Therapy PC Therapeutic Physical Therapy PC NY Sep 19, 2015 $73,045
Physical Therapis Atlas Healthcare, LLC Hermiston, OR Dec 04, 2014 $73,045
Physical Therapis Atlas Systems, LLC Paris, IL Mar 17, 2014 $73,045
Physical Therapis Interfysio LLC West Hempstead, NY Sep 12, 2014 $73,045
Physical Therapy Atlas Systems, LLC Portsmouth, OH Aug 13, 2012 $73,045
Physical Therapy Atlas Rehabilitation, LLC Blythe, CA Aug 27, 2012 $73,045
Physical Therapy Active Physical Therapy Services LLC Clinton, MD Sep 09, 2016 $71,906
Physical Therapy North America Rehab Services Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 29, 2013 $64,780
Physical Therapy Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. Cedar Grove, NJ Mar 01, 2010 $64,760 -
$41
Physical Therapy Management Health Systems, Inc. Morrison, IL Jun 17, 2013 $64,697
Physical Therapy Management Health Systems, Inc. Sylva, NC Jan 04, 2010 $64,697
Physical Therapy Researcher Raintree Healthcare Staffing, Inc. NY Jan 17, 2012 $64,500
Physical Therapy Atlas Rehabilitation, LLC Loves Park, IL Jul 18, 2011 $63,737
Physical Therapy Itrace Foundation, Inc. Fall River, MA Sep 10, 2015 $62,965
Physical Therapy Acme Health Services Indianapolis, IN Oct 22, 2009 $62,610

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Top Skills for A Director Of Physical Therapy

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Top Director Of Physical Therapy Skills

  1. Physical Therapy Assistants
  2. Outpatient Clinic
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained and oriented new physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.
  • Provided physical therapy services at a 25-bed critical care access hospital and associatedoutpatient clinic.
  • Provide direct patient care under supervision of Physical Therapist.
  • Assisted in the planning of the facility and purchasing of equipment.
  • Shadowed physical therapists in inpatient rehabilitation for 30 hours.

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