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What Is a Physical Therapist Consultant and How to Become One

Physical Therapist Consultant

What Does a Physical Therapist Consultant Do?

A physical therapist consultant, or physical therapy consultant, works with medical staff to develop a rehabilitation plan for a patient suited to the individual’s abilities and challenges. Duties also involve training personnel on necessary PT activities. You consult with other healthcare providers and conduct required follow-up and any essential modifications of the program. Other responsibilities include working with clients’ family and loved ones about their role in the therapy process. Positions exist in private practice, in hospitals, and with home health services.

How to Become a Physical Therapist Consultant

The qualifications to become a physical therapist consultant are a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited college or university. You must also have a license from the state in which you will work and the successful completion of the National Physical Therapy Examination. Most employers require several years of experience for this consultant position. Some individuals pursue a subspecialty through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties after they have completed the necessary clinical work hours. Excellent interpersonal skills are imperative for working with patients, families, and other medical personnel. Keen problem-solving skills are vital as well for developing customized treatment plans.