PT Undergraduate Admissions

at Saint Francis University

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    Why Study Physical Therapy

    Additional Information

    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.

    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.

    Degree Options

    Academic Requirements

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

    Physical Therapy at SFU

    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
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