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
A graduate from the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1984, Dr. Viti received his Manual Therapy Certification from the Institute of Physical Therapy in 1991. He completed his manual therapy fellowship training in 1996 and received a Master of Science degree in 1997 from the Institute of Physical Therapy. He received his OCS certification in 1999 and a DPT degree from the University of St. Augustine in 2002. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and is currently teaching full time at the University of St. Augustine in both the entry level and post-professional programs. He continues to work clinically at First Coast Rehabilitation in St. Augustine Florida and supervises in both the advanced residency program, as well as the student physical therapy outpatient clinic at the University of St. Augustine.
Dr. Viti has authored or coauthored 2 textbook chapters and over 20 peer reviewed publications including abstracts, case reports and research articles related to orthopedics, biomechanics and manual therapy issues. His research interests include biomechanics, examination and treatment of spinal dysfunction. In 2004 he received the Freddy Kaltenborn “Teach I Must” award for outstanding instruction of orthopedic manual therapy in a clinical residency program, which was awarded by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.