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Value of a PhD, post-professional education & career in PT academia

Career paths within PT academia are growing!  With over 180 PT educator positions open, there are many opportunities for students and clinicians to pursue a career in higher education. 

There are many avenues available to DPT students and practicing PTs to advance your education and career following entry-level PT training. The PT profession needs more academicians with PhDs. You’ll discover new stats and insights into why you might pursue a PhD or other post-professional education AND how you can choose the right program for you.  

This webinar discusses the cost, benefits, and impact on your PT career by pursuing a PhD, residency or fellowship. You’ll also learn key differences and questions you should be considering when choosing the right program and mentor for you - as well as how to make your application more competitive.

See more at acapt.org/pursuephd

    Learning objectives

    • Describe the advantages of post-professional education.
    • See the benefits of pursuing a PhD and a possible career in academia.
    • Define the key differences between PhD, residency and fellowship programs.
    • Define strategies to make your application more competitive as well as find the right mentor.
    • Articulate the key questions you should ask programs to evaluate which program is the best fit for you and your unique career goals.



    • Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Associate Professor, University of Colorado
    • Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA, Program Director Professor, University of Colorado
    • Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program, PT Section Director, Research and Development, Eastern Colorado VA HealthCare System GRECC Associate Director of Research

    If you have any questions, contact events@acapt.org.

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