Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize physical activity of their patients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Bridgewater State University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and provides both undergraduate and graduate entry-level programs.
Athletic Trainer - How to Become One
Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.
Most occupational therapists enter the occupation with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. A small number of programs offer doctoral degrees in occupational therapy. Admission to occupational therapy programs generally requires a bachelor’s degree and specific coursework, including human biology, human anatomy, and human physiology, statistics, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. However, course requirements vary by school. Many programs also require applicants to have volunteered or worked in an occupational therapy setting.
Occupational Therapist - How to Become One
Physical therapists, sometimes referred to as PTs, help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.
Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate professional degree. Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last 3 years; MPT programs require 2 to 3 years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry.
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Physical Therapist - How to Become One
Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients' ailments, such as back or neck pain.
Becoming a chiropractor requires earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and getting a state license. Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require 3 years of previous undergraduate college education for admission. The undergraduate required courses include biology inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Although not required, many students earn a bachelor’s degree before going on to a chiropractic program.
Chiropractors - How to Become One
Chiropractic College Application Service (ChiroCAS)
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Panelists: Bridgewater State University Alumni
Dr. Lauren McCourt '06, Physical Therapist
Dr, Jesse Mead '05, Chiropractor
Ms. Susan J. Towne '99, Occupational Therapist
Mr. Matthew Whalen '04, Athletic Trainer
Organized by Dr. Pamela J. Russell and Ms. Carol Crosby from Career Services; Produced by TVSBSC
October, 2012, Conant Science & Mathematics Center, Rm. 120