Have questions? You may call the department at 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.
Physical therapy is a healthcare profession concerned with the
prevention of disability and the restoration of function following
disease or injury. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients
reach their maximum functional performance potentials while learning to
live within the limits of their capabilities.
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.
See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.
Failure to meet the progression standards will result in dismissal from the major.
Our class size is small so you have one-on-one time with the faculty.
You also have access to hands-on learning in laboratory and research
spaces including a human cadaver lab. You will also practice on
state-of-the-art equipment including a motion analysis system and an
underwater weighing system.
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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