Kinesiotherapist Schools and Training Programs

Kinesiotherapist training can be attained through a bachelor's degree program in the field. Continue reading for information on the job description of a kinesiotherapist, what you can learn in a degree program and how you can earn certification. Schools offering Kinesiology & Sport Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Kinesiotherapists apply a holistic approach to rehabilitative therapy. A bachelor's degree in kinesiology from an accredited school and the required hours of clinical practice will qualify you take the exam to become certified as a registered kinesiotherapist.

Responsibilities Use various holistic therapeutic methods to provide corrective therapy to patients with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular dysfunction
Degrees Bachelor's degree in kinesiology or exercise science
Certification Professional certification may be preferred by employers

What Is a Kinesiotherapist?

As a kinesiotherapist, you can expect to work with physicians to help patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disabilities rehabilitate using a holistic approach to body movement. You might develop and implement a plan to help patients gain strength after an injury. With a degree in kinesiotherapy (also known as corrective therapy), you can help patients using aquatic therapy, ambulation training and home exercise. You must have knowledge of how the body works, and you must have the personality that nurtures those facing or recovering from disorders or injuries. You can work with veterans groups, learning disability organizations or rehabilitation centers. You can also create your own practice. Some kinesiotherapists work in a hospital setting or partner with physical therapists to offer a wider range of care.

What Should I Look for in a School?

You can look for schools that offer programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). You'll also want to consider schools that allow you to acquire practical experience and accumulate clinical hours through a practicum or internship. You may need to be certified in CPR before beginning your practicum. Accredited programs can prepare you for registration as a kinesiotherapist.

What Kind of Training Do I Need?

Training can take 4-5 years, over which time you can earn a bachelor's degree. You will find a handful of programs offering a major in kinesiotherapy. A bachelor's degree in kinesiology or exercise science may provide the training necessary to become a kinesiotherapist, provided you find coursework in:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Kinesiology or biomechanics
  • Statistics
  • Motor learning
  • First aid

You will also need to take courses in kinesiotherapy theory and practice. Some programs give you the opportunity to choose a concentration in kinesiotherapy, where you can focus on rehabilitative techniques.

How Can I Get Certified?

Certification is offered by the American Kinesiotherapy Association. Once you have completed a CAAHEP-accredited undergraduate program and 1,000 hours of clinical work supervised by a registered kinesiotherapist, you are eligible to sit for the certification exam. Once you pass the exam you will become certified as a registered kinesiotherapist. While certification is considered voluntary, many employers seek applicants who are registered kinesiotherapists.

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