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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