Skip to main content

One of the great things about the physical therapy profession is how many career options and paths one can take. Whether it’s the settings, patient populations, or specialty areas, this profession offers a wide variety to its community.

Today, we're talking to two professionals who chose to pursue a PhD after finishing physical therapy school. Chris Lane, PT, DPT, is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina, and Louise Thoma, PT, DPT, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.

In this episode we talk to Chris and Louise about their career journeys, things to consider when pursuing a PhD, both personally and professionally, and advice they'd give to those interested in this professional path. Here's our discussion.

To learn more about academia and search our list of PhD programs nation-wide, visit the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.


Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.


You Might Also Like...

Podcast

Online Learning and Hybrid Education

Feb 17, 2021

Lindsay Durand, SPT, APTA Student Assembly director of communications, and Tonya Olson, MSPT, DPT, discuss the benefits of online learning, hybrid education,

Podcast

Changing Direction: Creating a New Path for Your Career

Feb 9, 2021

Learn from PTAs who have taken the lead on navigating through their careers and finding rewarding pathways to professional success.

Podcast

Maximizing Your Potential as a Professional

Jan 14, 2021

Zach shares his message to seek out more information, identify bias and limitations when they exist, find mentors, and reflect on experiences whenever