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. Jeffery Zahavich has a background in health promotion, exercise science and applied health research with more than 15 years of experience developing evidence-based health, fitness and wellness programs for a broad range of high- and low-performing populations of all ages. He has formal training in university teaching and learning, advanced exercise physiology testing and prescription, sport coaching, motivational interviewing and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Zahavich is a Kinesiology Instructor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and a Coach Educator/Learning Facilitator with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). He also holds the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) designation from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Dr. Zahavich’s research interests include adolescent physical literacy, healthy school policy, systems change, population health and chronic disease prevention.
His teaching and research program aims to bridge the gap between health promotion theory and applied kinesiology with respect to physical activity programs and initiatives for various target populations. Dr. Zahavich joined USAHS in July 2021.