Doctor of Physical Therapy Physical Therapist talks with patient.

Physical Therapists are movement experts who work with clients and patients to improve their quality of life through exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.  PTs help patients rehabilitate after injuries and manage chronic conditions and disabilities. Additionally, physical therapists treat people across the lifespan from newborn infants to people nearing the end of their life.

Why do you love being a Physical Therapist?

Every physical therapist loves different aspects of the job. Concordia University Wisconsin’s physical therapy program director, Dr. Bob Barnhart, is all about problem-solving. “I like the critical thinking aspect of being a physical therapist. Working with a patient, their family, and other healthcare team members to develop a successful treatment plan. I also like the people I have been able to work with, both fellow health professionals as well as patients and clients.”

Blogger Tim Fraticelli, DPT, wrote about why he loves being a physical therapist. In this post, he talks about how helping a variety of diverse patients keeps the work exciting, and also connects him to his “why,” as in why he’s doing this job in the first place. Fraticelli loves being a physical therapist because every day he gets to help someone. He notes that the work of a physical therapist is active, so adding that aspect to his desire to help people for a living brings him a lot of satisfaction when it comes to his work.

Why Should I Study Physical Therapy at Concordia University?

CUW’s physical therapy program is an innovative program that allows students to learn content from leaders in the field. Then students have the opportunity to put what they learned into practice. Courses are delivered online while in-class time is used for hands-on practice. This means students spend valuable class time applying their knowledge with faculty experts, which is a much more authentic learning experience than a traditional classroom setup.

Concordia University’s program emphasizes professionalism as well, making the transition from student to practitioner seamless. Professionalism is important. But, the genuine way that Concordia faculty and students care for their patients and for each other is remarkable.

Dr. Barnhart is very proud to report that the Class of 2020 had a 100% first-time pass rate on their licensure exam. This class scored nearly 20 points higher than the national average score for the exam! 

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