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OT wishing to be a PT

Discussion in 'Physical Therapy' started by DMStudiezOT, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. DMStudiezOT

    DMStudiezOT 2+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Hello. This may be a little out there, but is there anyone with experience changing from being a licensed OT to a DPT? As I figured, there are no transitional programs between the two, and it seems as though I'd have to start all over school wise :/
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  3. 2234leej

    2234leej 5+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2012
    I do not know anyone who has made the switch; however, if you ever did become a PT-OT, you'd be an amazing clinician with a diverse skillset.
  4. Fiveoboy11

    Fiveoboy11 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    this would be a very stupid move
  5. Doc-PT

    Doc-PT SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved

    Jul 13, 2017
    It would indeed give you a broad scope as a clinician but, unfortunately, the transition would be costly and you wouldn’t see a return on your investment. Currently, attaining a DPT does not increase salary from that of a PT and, especially in an inpatient setting, OTs make a very comparable salary to PTs (only we were foolish enough to pay a heap load more for our degrees). The APTA has not yet addressed the major glaring problem with the transition to a DPT: student debt vs actual income potential—it is WAY out of proportion. With the amount we pay to get our degrees we shouldn’t accept salaries less than 80-85k starting out (regardless of setting) but PTs are often starting in the 60k range (namely outpatient settings). I would think long and hard before making this expensive leap into a parallel career that offers approximately the same salaries...If you’re looking for a change have you considered PA? This may actually be less years of schooling (less debt) and significantly better income potential. I love my job but the earning potential just isn’t what it should be with a clinical doctorate under my belt.
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  6. maddaddam

    maddaddam O-T-R? I don't even know 'er!

    You can be in so many different settings as an OT, though... like if you prefer a more biomechanical focus you could do hands, if you like mobility you could work in seating, etc. I'm sure you've considered these things already, so... why do you want to switch?
  7. Ndebt

    Ndebt 2+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    I’m just curious but what makes you like PT better than OT

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  8. noyceguy

    noyceguy 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    This would be a very expensive and overall unwise career transition.
  9. Yurop


    Nov 24, 2017
    The raise in pay would be negligible (and in fact might have you in the red for years) and your profession already implements a lot of the same scopes of medical application. PA would probably be a more lucrative endeavor.

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