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The Saint Francis University Physical Therapy Program
will prepare students to enter professional practice as competent, ethical,
caring doctors of physical therapy. The
graduates will be prepared to practice in a complex healthcare environment,
demonstrate critical thinking, embrace lifelong learning, and use an
evidence-based approach to support decisions and serve the needs of consumers
Have questions? Undergrad Admissions p. 814.472.3100PT Department p. 814.472.3123.
Looking for Graduate Admissions? See Doctor of Physical Therapy.
If you would like to work as part of a collaborative healthcare
team, in a practice that involves health promotion, prevention, and
rehabilitation, then a career in physical therapy might be for you.
Physical therapists evaluate and treat patients using a variety of
physical therapeutic measures (such as thermal agents and exercise) and
education versus medicine or surgery.
involves examination, evaluation, treatment interventions, instruction,
consultative services, and supervision of support personnel. The
therapeutic properties of exercise, heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound,
massage, and other rehabilitative procedures are used during treatment.
Areas of board certified specialization within physical therapy include
cardiopulmonary, electrophysiology, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics,
pediatrics, and sports physical therapy.
Accelerated 3+3 option
Traditional 4+3 option
Accelerated 3+3 leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy
Traditional 4+3 leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy
academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences and Education to view degree requirements.
Failure to meet the progression standards will result in dismissal from the major.
Your first three years of pre-professional study will be spent
building a strong academic foundation, followed by three years of
full-time professional and clinical clinical work.
Although a large number of physical therapists work in hospitals, now
more than 70 percent can be found in private physical therapy offices,
rehabilitation centers, community health centers, nursing homes, home
health agencies, corporate or industrial health centers, sports
facilities, research institutions, schools, pediatric centers, and
colleges and universities.
Our PT students go far. Here are a few of the places our graduates have found employment:
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