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PT Undergraduate Admissions

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 and society. 

  • Why study Physical Therapy?

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    Undergrad Admissions 
    p. 814.472.3100

    PT 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.

    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.

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    Physical therapy 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.

  • Undergraduate programs leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
    • B.S. in Health Science leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy  (3+3)
    • B.S. in Exercise Physiology leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy  (3+3)
    • B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Management leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy  (3+3)
    • B.S. in Exercise Physiology Major with a Concentration in Allied Health (4+3)
      (limited seating available)

    Admission Requirements

    3+3 Major leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy

            SAT score of 1140 or higher in critical reading and math or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher (SAT taken in and after March 2016 a score of 1210 is required)

            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.

      4+3 Major option leading to Doctor of Physical Therapy (limited seating available)
      B.S. in Exercise Physiology Major with a Concentration in Allied Health

               SAT score of 1050 or higher in critical reading and math or an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (SAT taken in and after March 2016 a score of 1130 is required)

              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.

        Progression standard requirements

        Failure to meet the progression standards will result in dismissal from the major.

        Physical Therapy at SFU
        • Three choices for undergraduate studies: Exercise Physiology, Health Science, or Health Science with a Concentration in Healthcare Management. 
        • Core and adjunct faculty team that features four orthopedic certified specialists (OCS), one sports certified specialist (SCS), one pediatric certified specialist (PCS) and one neurologic certified specialist (NCS) as well as state and national award recipients. Many faculty are also very involved in the American Physical Therapy Association at the state and national level. 
        • Culture of collaboration fostered by offering guaranteed seats in the professional curriculum for students who meet progression standards. 
        • Human cadaver dissection.
        • Study abroad provides a global perspective to the curriculum, and international service learning trips allow students to practice PT skills while serving others.
        • Rural setting and caring culture provide an ideal learning environment with extracurricular options for a well-rounded experience.
        • DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness on campus provides facilities for advanced student learning in research, evaluation and treatment techniques, including a wellness lab where students treat actual patients. 
        • Special topics provide advanced study in clinical specialty areas such as: acute care, aquatics, hippotherapy, industrial, integrative medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women's health. 
        • Academic library with a strong commitment to updating electronic resources so you can research from anywhere. 
        • Background checks are required during the PT professional phase. Students with certain types of offenses may not be eligible for clinical placements, licensure or employment
        • Hands-on Study
        • 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.

         Academic  Experience

        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.

        Career Opportunities

        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:

        • Center for Rehabilitation Services
        • Keystone Rehabilitation Systems
        • UPMC Medical Center
        • Procare Physical Therapy
        • Health South Rehabilitation  
        • NovaCare Rehabilitation
        • Allegheny & Chesapeake Physical Therapy
        • CrossRoads Physical Therapy