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Becoming a Physical Therapist in Nebraska

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The Cornhusker State is a great place to become a physical therapist. Not only are there plenty of opportunities for physical therapists here in the Great Plains State, but a career as a physical therapist can be rather rewarding in the state of Nebraska, as well. Physical therapists make approximately $75,000 per year, according to Indeed.com. If you're interested in the medical field and this sounds like a career that would work for you – learn how to become a physical therapist in Nebraska, now.

The "Cornhusker State" of Nebraska has an economy that is primarily based on agriculture. However, with many technological advancements, the healthcare profession has recently become one of the hottest job prospects in the state through 2012 (Source: Nebraska Workforce Development Department of Labor or NWDDL).

While PT career opportunities are spread throughout the state, physical therapists in the state of Nebraska are typically, more populated in Omaha and Lincoln where jobs are more readily available due to higher populations in those cities.

Nebraska PT: Education Requirements

The state of Nebraska offers two three-year programs to students wishing to earn their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). Unlike many other states in the U.S., these Nebraska program requirements do not necessarily require a previous Bachelor's degree. However, both programs have prequisites, in the form of coursework including courses such as, biology, chemistry, English composition, physics, statistics and physiology. Applicants to either program need to submit three separate letters of recommendation and provide their GRE score. In addition, one program in NE requires students to have at least 60 hours of PT practice observation.

Nebraska PT: Licensing Requirements

License applications should be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health Licensure Unit (located in Lincoln, NE). Applicants need to provide proof of age, their Social Security number, an official transcript, pay the application fee of $133, and complete and submit the application form.

Nebraska PT: Examination Specification

Nebraska PTs are required to take the NJE or the Nebraska Jurisprudence Exam AND take the nationally-recognized National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE). In Nebraska, individuals who are applying to take the test may pay the applicable examination fees online, if they prefer. The NJE exam fee is $50. The fee for the National Physical Therapist Examination is $370 (for exam fees) and $70.60 to Prometric (for service fees), the company that provides the computer-based testing for the exam.

Both of these required exams have a passing score of 600. When an individual living in NE has completed each of the necessary education requirements (according to Nebraska's state board of physical therapy), taken the steps to earn their license and successfully completed both of the exams required by the state board – he or she will receive their license to practice physical therapy in the state of Nebraska.

The career of a physical therapist is a promising option, especially in the state of Nebraska where the need is high and the pay scale is every-increasing.