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What types of Physical Therapy programs are in Idaho?

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The state of Idaho offers friendly, small town living. For instance, Boise, the state's largest city boasts a population of less than 200,000 people and Nampa, ID ranks at a distant second (in terms of population) with under 65,000 people. Regardless of where you live in Idaho, there are incredible opportunities to earn a degree or certification in various types of physical therapy programs throughout the state.

PT Employment Facts in Idaho

According to Indeed.com on February 17, 2011, a physical therapist in Idaho can make roughly $74,000 per year, while this amount is lower than the national average – PT salaries in Idaho are expected to increase in the coming years.

The state of Idaho is rated #3 out of all 50 states for the percentage of individuals who are 25 or older and successfully graduated from high school (84.7%) Almost 64 percent of Idaho's general fund is designated to education and nearly 94 percent of children who are "school age" attend public school. In fact, almost every city in Idaho that has a population higher than 20,000 has a university or college. In addition, Idaho state has six technical training centers that also provide vocational education.

Physical Therapy Degrees in Idaho

Associate's degree – This two-year degree is a requirement for physical therapist assistants in order to practice in the state of Idaho. While the courses vary according to the program chosen, standard subjects for students to earn an Associate's degree (A.A.S.) in Physical Therapy might include theory and practice of PT, general education courses, basic medical science courses and a clinical internship.

Bachelor's degree – This one to two year program is a prerequisite for attaining the required Master's or Doctorate degree. Students are required to earn a Bachelor's degree if they wish to become a physical therapist in most states in the U.S.

Bachelor's-to-Master's degree – This accelerated program for physical therapists is often, referred to as a 4+1 or 4+2 program. This option allows students to earn both degrees at a faster rate, which works well with working individuals or people with otherwise, busy schedules.

Direct Entry Master's degree – This two to three year option is called a direct entry, Master's entry or "Graduate entry" program and this type of PT degree was designed for individuals who have attained bachelor's degrees in a field other than physical therapy. The first year of coursework is related to entry-level education in the field and the final year is devoted particularly to clinical practice ("hands on"). This type of degree provides the training and preparation for licensure along with an advanced Master's degree in a specialized area.

Direct Entry Doctorate – This physical therapy program, similar to the direct entry Master's degree, described above can be completed in three years.

Transitional Doctorate – This two year program allows students who have a certificate, Bachelor's or master's degree in PT to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). DPT programs that earn students the title, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

"The Gem State" Job opportunities and salaries continue to grow for physical therapists in the state and, like the state motto of Idaho says, "Esto perpetua" (May it endure forever).