Skip to: Navigation | Content | Sidebar | Footer

Distance Learning & Online Physical Therapy Degree Programs

As with most types of therapy programs the degree in physical therapy will allow students to first learn the theoretical and knowledge based information and then have the ability to work in a hands-on setting to learn the specific skills needed to be a physical therapist. The role of a physical therapist is to help patients recovering from lengthy illnesses, surgeries, accidents and trauma or health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes to regain as much physical movement and ability as possible. Physical therapists may also work with patients that are learning to use artificial limbs or those that have had reconstructive or reattachment surgery on limbs. Physical therapists often work with elderly patients, especially after there has been a fall or recovery from a broken bone.

Courses in the physical therapy program will focus on the various aspects of movement including physiology, anatomy, muscle and skeletal development and body healing and growth. Classes will also cover medically relevant information such as surgical procedures like hip and knee surgery, recovery information for various types of surgical procedures, and the appropriate assessment, evaluation and development of treatment plans for patients. Physical therapy is often used in group settings as well as in one-on-one formats so students will learn group dynamics, motivation and alterative to traditional treatment options. Issues such as life care planning, grief counseling and human behavior are essential programs for most physical therapists that plan to work with the elderly.

Physical therapy programs will focus in on effective communication between treatment teams, patients, and caregivers. Physical therapists will also learn to develop therapy plans that address the patient's needs and goals as well as meet the requirements of the treating physician or treatment team. Students will learn to work in a team environment and within a health care system.

Associates Programs

Request information from Anthem College »

Associate of Applied Science – Massage Therapy from Anthem College

As more and more people try alternative forms of therapy, those who are able to perform massage therapy will be in demand. Students who want to work for massage therapy centers, or open their own businesses will be able to do so once they earn their degree… Additional Information »

PhD Programs

Request information from AT Still University of Health Sciences »

Doctor of Physical Therapy from AT Still University of Health Sciences

Cutting edge research developments and practical skills are shared with students of the Physical Therapy program at ATSU. This rigorous program demands high academic performances from its students though many may be able to complete the degree in as little… Additional Information »

View the following Health & Medical subjects:

Top Online College Degree Programs

  • Kaplan University
    Associate's, Bachelor's, & Master's
    Kaplan University has a wide range of programs available for individuals who want to make a career change or improve their job prospects. As a leader in online education, Kaplan delivers innovative, relevant, and convenient education.
    More Information
  • Saint Leo University Online
    Associate's, Bachelor's, & Master's Degrees
    As a regionally accredited online university, Saint Leo University stands as an innovative leader in online adult education through their high quality programs. They offer programs anywhere from Business Administration to Psychology, and much more.
    More Information
  • Everest University
    Associate's, Bachelor's, & Master's Degrees
    Everest University designs degree programs for today's fastest-growing job markets. For this reason, Everest graduates are well-trained and well-prepared to succeed in their respective fields.
    More Information
  • American InterContinental University Online
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    AIU is the results-focused University that accommodates you with quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that offer you value, flexibility, a generous transfer-in policy and customizable learning technology that adapts to your preferences.
    More Information
  • Colorado Technical University
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    Offering multiple degree programs, Colorado Technical University is a great choice for individuals pursuing a career in any type of industry from business to health care. Their programs are designed to conveniently fit into your current lifestyle.
    More Information
  • Columbia College
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    As a visionary online institution, Columbia College is committed to providing students with exemplary education and training. They are dedicated in helping students achieve their personal and educational goals.
    More Information
  • Walden University
    Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate Degrees
    As a well-known online university, Walden University stands by its respectable reputation as one of the best colleges to attend online. They offer numerous programs with flexible courses in order to allow students to obtain an advanced degree without sacrificing their current responsibilities.
    More Information
  • Virginia College
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    Virginia College offers career-focused courses in order to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their career of interest. They offer up-to-date curriculum in order to keep students up to par with industry standards.
    More Information
  • DeVry University
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    DeVry University provides students with a practical, hands-on education from instructors who are accomplished in their respective field. DeVry has programs for students on campus and online so students can get their degree in an affordable, flexible way.
    More Information
  • South University
    Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's Degrees
    South University has been successful in placing students in fast-growing industries using their dynamic curriculum. An accredited university, South University offers affordable programs that allow almost everyone to be able to attend.
    More Information

Find your perfect
Accredited Online College: