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. Evan M. Pucillo joined the faculty at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017. Prior to joining USAHS, Dr. Pucillo served as a research associate and outpatient neuromuscular therapist for the Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders at the University of Utah’s Department of Neurology in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Pucillo earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Prior to completing his professional education, he served in the US Navy and went on to complete his Bachelor’s in Biology at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC. More recently, he completed his Doctor of Education (EdD) program at Liberty University and is disseminating his work in professional journals.
Dr. Pucillo has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles in various scholarly journals. His prior research involved the examination of locomotion, balance, and functional outcomes for persons with neuromuscular and movement disorders in clinical trials. However, Dr. Pucillo is now refocusing his priorities to better understand factors related to success and/or difficulty in Physical Therapist education. His recent work included examining the learning strategies able to accurately predict success in online learning. His teaching interests involve clinical neuroscience and evidence-based practice. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the APTA’s Education, Research, and Health Policy & Administration sections.