Role Of a Navy Physical Therapist Career

The position and role of a Navy physical therapist is very important, they serve to help restore health to all military personnel that comes under their care. You will practice comprehensive orthopedic care and physical therapy in hospitals, clinics and other facilities both overseas and in the United States. You will participate as one link in the recovery chain, and assist patients and their families with recuperation and recovery. Your first duty will traditionally be with a large duty station to help give you additional training.

Physical Theapists Not Just The Navy!

As you work to provide quality care you will be able to make a difference in the care of different military personnel. You will familiarize yourself with different types of medical personnel and be a link in the Navy medical chain. Physical therapists are the personnel that deal one on one with different military personnel who have needs for physical therapy. Sailors, Airmen, Marines and other military members who need physical therapy are ministered to by a Navy Physical Therapist. You will work to provide medical care on pediatric stations as well as for adults. You will help personnel to recover from injuries, as well as assisting to prevent injuries and helping with patient recovery for all military women and men that are under your care. You will deal with personnel at all different levels of recovery as well as helping Servicemembers with long-term disabilities.

You will work on board a variety of vessels, or you could be stationed at a military base on shore. Navy physical therapists have some of the most in depth and state of the art training that is available. You will work to help with personnel with injuries and a variety of different conditions. They provide services to Servicemembers and help them to recover, whether to resume duty, or to progress to separation because of disability. Functioning as a Navy Physical Therapist is a very detailed and comprehensive job. You can be stationed literally anyplace that the Navy serves from a small duty station to a larger military base that potentially has several thousand personnel.

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Physical Therapy is an in-depth field, and the Navy Physical Specialist is the person that often deals most in depth with personnel who are injured or wounded on the battlefield. Physical Therapy is a necessity and great help for those who have been injured while serving their country.

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military dot image Amanda E Davidson, SPT    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Can someone provide a list of PT clinics (in/out patient)? I am a current DPT student and looking for prospective clinical education rotation opportunities for the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Amanda E Davidson, SPT
Department of Physical Therapy
Medical College of Georgia


military dot image Joleen    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a current student also on my 3rd clinical. I am at a VA outpatient center. You might want to check some of your local VAs because several of them offer in and outpatient therapy services. Plus, you have opportunity for a lot of different experiences than you would at any other setting. Good luck!


military dot image Deron Gue    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My Daughter is a HS Junior interested in pursuing a DPT. Does the military provide this education? What path do take to be a Military DPT?


military dot image wesley hosey    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am studying Physical Therapy in German which will end in a Bachelors (we dont have the masters here). And I was wondering if I could work as a PT with a European degree?


military dot image Garrison Stern    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am experienced orthopedic physical therapist currently working in Maui HI looking to work abroad in Europe or Asia within the Military. Please contact me so I know what the next step would be. I am currently in WA and will be here for the next month.


military dot image LT Smith, Ryan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a current DPT student for the Navy. You can find info on the program at baylor.edu/graduate/pt website. You also need to connect with a Navy medical officer recruiter (not enlisted recruiter) for help with applying.


military dot image midfridah N kingi    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

If granted the chance I will use my knowledge and skills that I have learnt about Physical Therapist to make your activities successful.


military dot image midfridah N kingi    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am studying Physical Therapy in kenya Bachelors . And I was wondering if I could work as a PT with a my degree?


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