All SFU afternoon and evening classes after 1:00 p.m. are cancelled for Wednesday, March 21, 2018, due to the weather conditions. Classes will resume at 8:00 a.m. 3/22/2018.
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
SAT score of 1210 or higher in critical reading and math or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher.
GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 with 16 academic units indicated below:4 units of science including biology and chemistry; physics recommended but not required; 4 units of math, reaching at least the level of pre-calculus; calculus recommended but not required; 4 units of English; 4 units of academic electives.
Traditional 4+3 leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy
SAT score of 1130 or higher in critical reading and math or an ACT composite score of 24 or higher.
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 with 16 academic units indicated below:4 units of science including biology and chemistry; physics recommended but not required; 4 units of math, reaching at least the level of pre-calculus; calculus recommended but not required; 4 units of English; 4 units of academic electives.
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.
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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