Are Physical Therapists Considered Doctors?


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A physical therapist is considered a doctor. Physical therapy requires an advanced degree, and a bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for a physical therapy degree program. The degree is known as a doctor of physical therapy degree.

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Most physical therapist programs last about three years and include a clinical portion. Physical therapists must also pass a state exam to be licensed.

There are also physical therapist assistant programs in which the degree conferred is an associate degree of science. These programs generally last only two years and do not require a bachelor's degree for admission. Physical therapist assistant programs also have a clinical portion, and these programs are often offered at community colleges.

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