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
Ana Rivera, PhD CCC SLP is an assistant Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Dallas campus. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. In 2017, she successfully completed her PhD in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Florida. Her research interests are neurogenic communication disorders, bilingualism and the brain. Dr. Rivera is a bilingualism specialist and has a passion for assessment of linguistically diverse populations. She collaborates with other professionals to provide the best services for bilingual/multilingual individuals across the lifespan.
Dr. Rivera has over 10 years of experience as a licensed speech language pathologist. She specializes in adult/geriatric populations and has clinical experiences from a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health. She also has three years of experience with pediatric populations within the private practice and teletherapy settings.