Physical Therapy Vs Physical Therapist

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Physical Therapists make good money, which will help out in the future. Athletic Trainers work with athletes, and I love athletes. But, Occupational Therapists work with special needs children, which is important in this day of age. This is why, instead of being a Physical Therapist or an Athletic Trainer, I’m going to be an Occupational Therapist.
Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and Occupational Therapists all have different tasks. Physical Therapists (PT) are highly trained professionals that help patients reduce pain and improve movements (“Who are Physical Therapists?”). They analyze people of any age, even infants (“Role of a Physical Therapist.”). Physical Therapists examine each patient 's and thinks of a plan for him or her.
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Just like Physical Therapy, in Occupational Therapy, a new patient has to have an assessment to see their strengths and weaknesses. Occupational Therapists help individuals improve their daily tasks of their everyday living. One of their main goals for Occupational Therapy is for their patients to be able to do the same things as everyone else. Since the patient always comes first, a Physical Therapist’s main priority is to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Just like Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists work with all ages of people. They help children with certain disabilities, cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills. Occupational Therapists work with infants who might have development delays. It is better for the infant if the they start therapy in the first few months of being born. If they don’t therapy may not work on them because they are already growing. Some Occupational Therapists work with children in schools. They go in their classroom to see the child 's abilities in the classroom settings. Some children have problems with focusing in their classroom. …show more content…
“The first step is to get in your higher education and graduate from an accredited Occupational Therapy school” says Sarah Tucker. There are four steps to becoming an Occupational Therapist. Earn an Associate 's or Bachelor 's degree, earn a Master 's degree, then pass NBCOT, and finally apply for a licensure. To become an Occupational Therapist, students only need an Associate 's degree to start working. An Associate’s degree is only a two year program at a community school. “After earning an Associate 's degree and becoming an occupational therapy assistant, you must enter a bachelor’s degree or combined bachelor/master’s degree program” (Johnson, April). In 2007, all states decided to require a Master’s degree to become an Occupational Therapist. After earning a Master’s degree, students are allowed to get a license or go further and get their Doctorate. To get a Master’s degree, there is class work to be done and field work. Field work consists of an internship at an inpatient or outpatient facility. Students are encouraged to do their field work at both an inpatient facility and an outpatient facility. “Students who focus on Health and Biology in high school,who volunteer in various Occupational Therapy settings, often have better chances of getting into the program” (Johnson, April). Students have to take a National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam to become an

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