Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
The University of Missouri offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
This degree is granted to some students who gain Advanced Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Students may not major in the BHS in Preprofessional Physical Therapy unless they have applied and been accepted for Advanced Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
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Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: