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Physical Therapist


Minimum Education Requirement:
entry-level doctorate (DPT) or transitional (e.g., post-professional) DPT


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Physical Therapist

Career Description

It goes without saying that serving in the Air Force is not without its hazards. From simple accidents to training injuries to wound recovery, Air Force Physical Therapists have a role in maintaining the health and readiness of more than 300,000 Airmen. And whether you're in the United States or abroad, you'll have the support and facilities you need to do your job without the red tape of running a practice and dealing with insurance companies.

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Career Tasks

  • Plan, develop and manage physical therapy programs and activities ensuring Air Force members and their families receive the quality of care they deserve
  • Perform a variety of duties, including evaluating and treating patients, implementing research activities, conducting training, establishing professional care standards, appraising performance levels of subordinates and serving as a consultant to the medical staff

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.