Is a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Worth It? If you’re dreaming about helping patients restore their mobility and quality of life, and you’re exploring what it would take to become a physical therapist, you may be wondering, “Is a degree in physical therapy worth it?” The answer to this question depends, of course, on your personal career goals. Some people choose to become physical therapist assistants because only a two-year associate degree is required. It’s true that pursuing a doctorate takes time and effort; however, there are countless advantages to earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. To that end, let’s look at some of the factors that make a Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree the best first step on an exceptional career Read more
Dr. Erin Schwier is the Program Director for the Master of Occupational Therapy program on the San Marcos, CA campus, where she also serves as an Assistant Professor. She brings more than 15 years of experience working with children with disabilities and their families to her position. She previously worked as a pediatric therapist for multiple school districts and clinics in San Diego County.
Dr. Schwier also currently works as an occupational therapist and educational consultant at Sierra Academy of San Diego, specializing in sensory integration, community integration and the influence on academic performance and social skills.
Dr. Schwier is a frequent presenter on topics related to occupational therapy education, pediatric and mental health practice. She has published articles in professional journals including OT Practice and Disability Journal of Health. She has been a chapter contributor and editor for occupational therapy text books and co-authored Breaking Bread and Nourishing Connections (Brooks Publishing, 2005). Dr. Schwier’s most recent research relates to occupational therapy education and the integration of service learning to support the development of student self-efficacy.