Physical Therapy

at Saint Francis University

  • PT Clinical Action Students working in the Physical Therapy Department

    About our PT Department

    Our mission in the Physical Therapy department is to educate competent, ethical, caring doctors of physical therapy who practice autonomously, at an entry level, in a complex healthcare environment, and who demonstrate critical thinking, cultural competence, and an evidence-based approach. Whether you are a high school student contemplating applying to college or you have obtained your bachelors degree and considering a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, we have a program to suit your needs.

    Program highlights include:

    • Enroll as an undergraduate or graduate student with both paths leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, Health Science  or Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Management degree after four years and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree after six years.
    • If you are admitted to the physical therapy major as freshmen you are guaranteed admission to the professional curriculum, provided you meet the program’s progression standards.
    • Small class size for a more personal learning environment. 
    • Experienced faculty  in areas such as geriatrics, neurology, exercise physiology, orthopedics, and cardiopulmonary.
    • While many PT programs have gone to electronic means of learning anatomy, our approach is more hands-on with actual human cadaver dissection by students working in teams of four-to-five individuals.
    • Strong professional community support that enhances the professional contacts students can use for their personal development.
    • Laboratory and research space designated for the physical therapy program. Practice on state-of-the-art equipment including a motion analysis system and an underwater weighing system.
    • Advanced study possibilities in diverse including Aquatic Rehabilitation, Industrial and Sports Physical Therapy, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Dissection in Neuroanatomy and Pathological Gait.
    • Students will complete four separate clinical education experiences.  Clinical sites are available locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  Please consult https://francis.edu/state-authorization/  for an updated list of states in which the university is authorized to place students.
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