Frequently Asked Questions
How to become a physical therapy nurse?
If you're interested in becoming a Physical Therapy Nurse, one of the things that you should consider is how much education is required. If you want to become a Physical Therapy Nurse, you may be required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent, plus some graduate hours. If so, most programs require a minimum of 2 years. In addition to an appropriate college degree majoring in Physical Therapy, Associate's Degree degrees in vocational rehabilitation and kinesiology are also very popular.
Can nurses work in physical therapy?
Register nurses, who plan, coordinate and provide care in hospitals and home health clinics, are licensed to practice. They may be registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree or have a master’s degree with a major in nursing and an area of focus. Advanced practice nurses may have an advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) in nursing and a master’s master’s degree in an area of specialization. A physical therapist has the education and training to help patients regain strength, flexibility and mobility. Physical therapists must have earned a doctorate degree in physical therapy (DPT), which can be earned anywhere in the world, according to the BLS.
Who makes more money nurse or physical therapist?
Physical therapists are comparable in that both are health care professionals. They differ in education, responsibilities and salaries, however. The salary differential can be dramatic between the average RN and a PT, but the situation is reversed if the RN is an advance practice nurse. Nurse anesthetists, for example, make nearly twice what a PT does, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered Nurses earned an average annual salary of $73,550 in 2016, according to the BLS. Nurse Practitioners earned $107,480, CNMs earned $103,640 and CRNAs earned $169,450. The average annual salary for physical therapists was $88,080. In general Physical Therapy majors can also stay on as medical assistants for additional training and earn more with just a couple years' experience than many recent graduates working without an advanced degree will earn at other levels of healthcare administration.
Is it easier to become a nurse or physical therapist?
Physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) are typically considered the most highly skilled of the physical therapy (PT) career choices. Like PTs, OTs need to obtain their doctoral degrees, but OTs also must go through 4 years of post-master’s internship training. Because they work at higher levels in healthcare than PTs—much more so than RNs, LPNs, and CNMs—they have greater opportunities for advancement.