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Physical Therapist




Physical therapists improve Soldier readiness by treating them in areas of physical fitness, physical training and injury prevention. As an officer in the Medical Specialist Corps, they play an important role in improving the overall quality of life for Soldiers and their families.

Job Duties

  • Provide the military community with neuro musculoskeletal evaluation, intervention and case management

  • Conduct battlefield Unit Needs Assessments to determine unit mental health status and provide energy conservation assessments

  • Supervise therapy technicians

  • Serve as commander of companies, battalions, brigades and medical treatment facilities


Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy Scholarship

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, social sciences or statistics

  • Minimum overall GPA requirements of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale

  • Minimum cumulative score of 1000 on the GRE (or 297 on the new GRE scale)

  • Minimum GRE verbal score of 450

  • At least 100 volunteer observation hours in a physical therapy clinic

  • Between 21 and 40 years of age

  • U.S. citizenship


Active Duty

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited physical therapy program

  • Between 21 and 42 years of age

  • Current state license for physical therapy

  • U.S. citizenship


Job training for the Army Medical Specialist Corps will offer you the unique opportunity to teach, research and learn at various health education programs. You will work in U.S. Army medical centers, hospitals, clinics and field medical units to gain experience in a wide range of practice environments.

Helpful Skills:

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions

  • Perform under stress

  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills

  • Tremendous concentration


In addition to your annual salary and the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:

Active Benefits:

  • May receive pay for continuing education, including postgraduate training programs in orthopedics, emergency medicine, cardiopulmonary perfusion and occupational medicine

  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually

  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service

  • No cost or low cost medical and dental care for you and your family

  • Health Professional Signing Bonus of up to $30,000

  • Board Certification Pay of $6,000 per year (prorated monthly)

  • Health Professional Student Loan Repayment of $20,000 per year up to a maximum of $60,000

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