Physical Therapy Education – Professional Careers in the Field

Find Physical Therapy Education in the United States and Canada. Some of the many career paths that individuals can take once they’ve attained the appropriate level of physical therapy education include professions as of course, therapists, administrators, clinicians, consultants, educators, and researchers, among others. Depending on the direction which you take through your physical therapy education, you can expect to work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and private homes, rehabilitation centers and other medical healthcare facilities.With over 200 accredited physical therapy education programs from which to choose, prospective students can opt to participate in both Master Degree programs as well as Doctoral Degree programs. Once enrolled in a physical therapy education course, students learn about anatomy, biology, biomechanics, chemistry, human growth (and development), pathology, neuroanatomy and hands-on training in a variety of therapeutic methods. Additionally, physical therapy education students are often required to complete an internship or clinical training to successfully fulfill educational requirements. Upon degree achievement, graduates must gain licensure to practice in the United States. And, to maintain licensure, practicing physical therapists must take continuing physical therapy education.Before you enroll in a physical therapy education program, it is important to note that the career field often requires individuals to be in top physical condition; as physical therapists do a lot of bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching and other physical repetitions throughout the course of the workday. However, the benefits of this service job far outweigh the physical aspects of the occupation: Career outlook for physical therapists is “expected to grow much faster than average” than other occupations through the coming years. As well, median annual earnings range between $60,000 and $88,000+. (Incomes commensurate with level of experience and physical therapy education.)In addition to full-time physical therapist positions, physical therapy education programs are often offered to students with a desire to become occupational therapist assistants, physical therapist aides or assistants. These career-training programs include studies in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology and CPR and first aid, among other relative subject matter. Students who successfully complete one of over 200 accredited physical therapist assistant programs in the United States, will earn an Associate’s Degree, and will have gained certification in both CPR and first aid. Physical therapy education for aides and assistants doesn’t stop at the school level; a matter of fact, on-the-job training is frequently provided by most employers. In addition, physical therapy aides and assistants have a potential earnings’ range from $24,000 to $52,000 annually.Furthermore, the scope of physical therapy education is not limited to conventional medicine. For example, continuing education is commonly offered in a variety of mind-body-spirit medicines like massage therapy, energy healing therapies, as well as holistic nutritional counseling.If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding physical therapy education, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you.Physical Therapy Education: Professional Careers in the FieldĀ© Copyright 2007The CollegeBound NetworkAll Rights ReservedNOTICE: Article(s) may be republished free of charge to relevant websites, as long as Copyright and Author Resource Box are included; and ALL Hyperlinks REMAIN intact and active.

Family Game Night Lite

I have recently seen some television ads about ‘family game night’. These ads suggest that you go out and buy some new board and video games to play with the family once a week on family game night. I see nothing wrong with this idea. I used to love playing board games when I was a kid (which was before the advent of video games by the way). But you should not forget games played with regular playing cards and regular dice, classics that have been played and enjoyed for years. Including some of these in family game night would add variety for little extra cost.When I think back to my childhood, I remember having fun playing the board games and store-bought card games that were popular at the time. But I also fondly remember when my family went camping and we would sit at the picnic table at night playing Cribbage by the light of a kerosene lamp. My wife cherishes the times when she was a girl and she went to her grandmother’s house and played Canasta all afternoon. And when I was in college, I loved playing Hearts and Oh Pshaw with my college friends.How many card games do you remember playing as a child? War, and Memory, and Go Fish, and Crazy Eights. And you may have played Authors and Old Maid using cards specifically printed for those games, but they can both be played using regular playing cards. And you may have played the dice game Shut The Box using a special box with numbered tiles on hinges, but you can substitute playing cards for the tiles. Instead of shutting the box, you flip the cards. And you can play the dice game Yacht, the free version of a similarly-named dice game, using five dice and a readily available score sheet.I think in this day and age of computers and video games, people tend to forget simpler times when playing Hearts could bring a group of people together for an evening of conversation and snacking and fun. It’s sort of ironic that Hearts is a game that most people can find in the Games folder on their computer. You can play against three computer opponents, but you cannot ask “How was your day?” and expect an answer from any of them.Go to a bookstore or library and pick up a book of game rules. Or look on the Internet for ‘Card Game Rules’ or ‘Dice Game Rules’. Brush-up on the rules of a card or dice game that you like but have not played for a long time. Or learn the rules of an unfamiliar game that looks interesting. Then bring the game to family game night.You can even try a ‘family game night lite’ where you lay a couple of decks of cards and a half-dozen dice on the table and play nothing except classic card and dice games. Who knows? Maybe the family will request ‘family game night lite’ once a month.Copyright (c) 2010 – Paul Hoemke. All Rights Reserved.