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Can a physical therapist double as a nutritionist?

Topic: Getting a Job | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Unfortunately, you can not double from one career to another. There a certification that you have to receive in order to become a nutritionist. There are also different classes in food nutrition as well as management which they will learn all aspects of the importance of nutrition. A good community college have these courses and more online.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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Yes they can and it is actually very helpful for some patients. Sometimes injuries occur because the patient is not eating properly and is therefore over weight or weak. Being dual service, you can not only help them regain physical function, but teach them the correct things to eat for their body. You would be surprised how many times this will result not only in over all better health, but weight loss and body toning. If that is your goal, go for it. The people you help will be glad you did.

Answered by: Lgk E. | over 4 years ago
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Physical therapy and nutrition are definitely two seperate fields. They would require different degrees/certificates. They do pair very well together though. You should consider majoring in nutrition and minoring in physical therapy, or vice versa.

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | about 4 years ago
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These are definitely two different career fields. While they both have the health of patients first and often deal with re-training the body to optimum health, they require different background and degrees. The common ground for some people is to be a personal trainer/nutritionist. You could also study both fields and offer combination services to people. However, when someone has hip surgery it's much more likely they will only need one of those jobs...

Answered by: Recent Graduate P. | about 4 years ago
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Nutrition courses compliment those needed for physical therapy and so that would work to your advantage. Talk to an advisor and they can help you with that decision. Be aware that double the work goes into double majoring and shouldn;t be taken on unless you are a very focused student.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | over 4 years ago
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Yes you can! They are pretty closely related job fields. Usually in the job description, it will say what type of degrees they are looking for. If you know a lot about nutrition, you should definitely apply. Don't apply if you don't anything about it though. Also, look to see if you need any experience as a nutritionist before applying for the job.

Answered by: Vanillanights R. | about 4 years ago
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Sure, I don't see why not. You could major physical therapy and minor in nutrition or the other way around. The two actually can go hand in hand. You might want to talk to your advisor and find out which courses you should take to help you in both. Just remember that you will need to be a registered dietitian to be a nutritionist.

Answered by: Jen B. | about 4 years ago
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As a physical therapist you can give advice on diet and nutrition but you are not a certified nutritionist. Taking the coursework would be rigorous because you would need two separate certifications. The state you reside in might have special rules on how many medical professions you can be certified in, so I would check that out before you decide to do coursework for both programs. But otherwise there is nothing stopping you from doing both. As a physical therapist you should be able to take nutrition classes as electives, so I would say start out in physical therapy and if you___re still interested in nutrition you can pursue that at a later date.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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Of course a physical therapist can double as a nutritionist. Overall this is base off the personal life of the person. This will be a strenuous task. If you have family, you will have to cycle through your work and family if more patients become available. The knowledge of both can work wonders and the convenience of a patient/client.

Answered by: D Williams1978 F. | about 4 years ago
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Absolutely a physical therapist can double as a nutritionist. The two enhance the knowledge of the therapist. I strongly recommend it.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, you can! You can double major in any subject. It's just more work to do but it's totally achievable!

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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I do not see whynot. I guess you would have to major in one and minor in the other. I would however, make sure where ever you are attending or planning on attending that you ask if this would be offered. Just because you want both does not mean you can do it. Every college is different to be honest so make sure you ask where you plan to go.

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | over 4 years ago
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A physical therapist can benefit from doubling as a nutritionist, apart from higher salary, they are able to better serve their clients. A Physical therapist can help the client with diet while helping them get better or strengthen. I would recommend it.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, a physical therapist can double as a nutritionist. Although there are many programs for a Bachelor's Degree in the field of nutrition, many people can work their way into this field with a degree in a related field. The most compatible fields would include: medical or holistic care, health or fitness positions, and even significant personal experience can help someone transition from physical therapy to nutrition. Many nutritionists in the US work inside of hospitals, schools, and other public health venues, so a transition might be easier than you think.

Answered by: Ben1778 D. | over 4 years ago
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While it's possible for one person to do both types of work, it's less likely. They'll require two different courses of study. However, there may be some overlap in the required classes.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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no, physical therapy, and nutrition are two seperate fields of study entirely. Think of it this way, can a dentis double as an internal surgeon. They both deal with a similar area, but in an entirely different way.

Answered by: Jon H. | over 4 years ago
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Absolutely if they have the training. The physical therapist already has intimate knowledge of the body I don't see why he/she wouldn't be able to help with diet. In fact I think a physical therapist would benefit by being a nutritionist.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, provided you are fully trained in both fields. It's not uncommon for people to use both disciplines in their job. Frequently they'll be dealing with patients or clients who require both physical therapy and nutritional guidance, and having one person with experience in both fields can result in a better outcome.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | over 4 years ago
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No. Not unless the physical therapist in question is also a registered dietician or something like that. Each healthcare career has its own "scope of practice", and is supposed to defer to another professional for issues outside of it. Exercise physiology and nutrition is a common dual major choice, so it's certainly possible for someone to be both, but it is certainly not the default.

Answered by: Kissaguard S. | over 4 years ago
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Depending on the breadth of knowledge that the physical therapist possesses, he or she might be able to double as a nutritionist. Nutrition is very important in physical therapy. The physical therapist must know which foods to eat when recovering from an injury.

Answered by: Dudeman E. | over 4 years ago
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Nutritionists are usually not well paid - even in private practice. Unless you feel drawn to a particular profession do Physical Therapy.

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | over 4 years ago
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Sure. You would probably have to get more than one certification, but that would be a great option if you wanted to open your own clinic. Not many schools have nutrition programs though, so be weary of that when choosing a school.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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if you are talking about double majoring then sure. but if you are talking about using your pt degree as a nutritionist then the answer is no. your pt degree can only be used for pt.

Answered by: Gasmoney I. | over 4 years ago
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If you have the training, go for it. If not, think about who you'd like to treat you. These fields aren't regulated like other medical professions, so you'll most likely can do anything you want. Not that that's a good idea, though.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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Yes he can, provided he has equal flare for being a nutritionist. But it is difficult to make a mark in both the area. Expertise may still revolve around being a physical therapist. Theoretically there is no issue as such.

Answered by: Sandra P. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, you certainly can! You can choose to double major in anything! A physical therapist and a nutritionist are pretty close related job fields so it shouldn't be hard to do.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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Nutrition courses compliment those needed for physical therapy and so that would work to your advantage. Talk to an advisor and they can help you with that decision. Be aware that double the work goes into double majoring and shouldn;t be taken on unless you are a very focused student.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | over 4 years ago
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Depending on the breadth of knowledge that the physical therapist possesses, he or she might be able to double as a nutritionist. Nutrition is very important in physical therapy. The physical therapist must know which foods to eat when recovering from an injury.

Answered by: Dudeman E. | over 4 years ago
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Nutritionists are usually not well paid - even in private practice. Unless you feel drawn to a particular profession do Physical Therapy.

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | over 4 years ago
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Sure. You would probably have to get more than one certification, but that would be a great option if you wanted to open your own clinic. Not many schools have nutrition programs though, so be weary of that when choosing a school.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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if you are talking about double majoring then sure. but if you are talking about using your pt degree as a nutritionist then the answer is no. your pt degree can only be used for pt.

Answered by: Gasmoney I. | over 4 years ago
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If you have the training, go for it. If not, think about who you'd like to treat you. These fields aren't regulated like other medical professions, so you'll most likely can do anything you want. Not that that's a good idea, though.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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Yes he can, provided he has equal flare for being a nutritionist. But it is difficult to make a mark in both the area. Expertise may still revolve around being a physical therapist. Theoretically there is no issue as such.

Answered by: Sandra P. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, you certainly can! You can choose to double major in anything! A physical therapist and a nutritionist are pretty close related job fields so it shouldn't be hard to do.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | over 4 years ago
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I will not support that physical exercise alone will manage the body , a nutritious diet along with it is also essential.An injury or fracture of a bone in an accident cannot be cured by the physical therapist alone a nutritionist is also needed.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, you can get two degrees and use them both. Since physical therapy and nutrition both have to do with healthcare and well-being, being both at the same time could really enhance your experience as a professional after college.

Answered by: Jena Mae M. | over 4 years ago
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You can choose any double major you would like in college. A physical therapist and a nutritionist are two related fields of work and would be an interesting choice of study. It is best to always choose two subjects which are related when double majoring so you can easily understand the applications between the two.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | over 4 years ago
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Yes, you can! In college, you are allowed to choose any double major. You can choose any sort of combination that you're interested in! Just make sure you'll be able to complete each program to get your bachelors. A physical therapist and a nutritionist may share some of the same courses since they are pretty close to each other so it's a good choice.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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I don't think a physical therapist automatically knows much about nutrition. I also don't think a nutritionist is all that knowledgeable about physiology. A physical therapist can't possible double as a nutritionist just because they make you lay on your back and stretch your hip joints out. Seriously, just because a physical therapist throws around a medicine ball doesn't mean he knows a lick about medicine. Nutritionists are just a bunch of tree hugging hippies who grind up plants in a crucible and say stuff like "here, eat this, it will clean your colon out and make you think clearly." It's obvious that neither of these professions are interchangeable.

Answered by: Arizonafink B. | over 4 years ago
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