Road to Becoming a 65 Bravo, Physical Therapist

Learn about the path to becoming an physical therapist in the U.S. Army

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“My name is Lieutenant Colonel Norman Ayotte. I am a 65 Bravo, Physical Therapist in the United States Army.”

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“Ever since I was 16 in high school, I wanted to be a physical therapist, but not having the financial means, the Army has afforded me the opportunity to reach that goal.”

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“I applied for an Army ROTC scholarship which I obtained a three year scholarship and then attended Western Oregon University and got my Bachelor’s degree in biology.” (tighten pause before biology)

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“After graduating from Western Oregon University, I was then commissioned into the Army and was also accepted into the U.S. Army Baylor University Physical Therapy Program where I got my Master’s degree in physical therapy.”

 

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“The Army paid for my bachelor of science degree, my master’s degree in physical therapy and my doctor of science degree in physical therapy.”

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“The Army also allows me annually to attend physical therapy continuing education courses which helps to broaden my experience and exposure to different ways of treating patients.”

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“Here at Fort Knox I’m the chief of rehab services so I have occupational therapy clinic, physical therapy clinic and a chiropractic clinic.”

 

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“My next move will be taking an assignment running a clinic about three times this size.”

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“Physical therapy in the Army translates very well into the civilian sector.

“A lot of times physical therapy clinics look for physical therapists from the military because they know we have leadership experience, advanced leadership training.”

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“I see on average anywhere from 12 to 13 patients per day.”

“When they come in they’ll have muscular, skeletal problems such as low back pain, or knee pain, or shoulder pain. There will also be post-operative patients.”

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“What I really like about my job is being able to treat patients, take care of Soldiers who serve our country.”