The Department of Physical Therapy educates Doctor of Physical Therapy students to practice autonomously within an evolving, complex and diverse health-care environment. You’ll become a health-care professional distinguished by leadership, innovation and excellence in a dynamic and diverse global society.
A Field of Increasing Demand
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. As the life expectancy for Americans lengthens, the need for physical therapists to care for them will increase.
- Motivate people to reach optimal functional status in work, home and recreational activities
- Develop a treatment program unique to each individual that includes education, instruction and patient participation
- Evaluate an individual's ability to function
- Work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles
- Have career flexibility
- Enjoy a choice of work environments—from private offices and clinics to rehabilitation and acute-care hospitals to clients' homes.
Why University of the Sciences Should Be Your First Choice:
The physical therapy program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Click here to access accreditation information.
Frequently asked questions regarding physical therapy programs, accreditation and complaints about a CAPTE accredited program can be found by clicking here, or by calling 703.706.3244.
Each program at University of the Sciences has developed student learning objectives. PT program student learning objectives are:
- Professional Practice: Graduates will use the best evidence to demonstrate reflective clinical decision making and skill performance in all aspects of patient/client management to achieve optimal outcomes.
- Practice Management: Graduates will be able to practice autonomously within an evolving, complex, and diverse health care environment.
- Leadership: Graduates will be engaged in leadership activities tailored to meet their own goals for professional development.
Physical therapy students must consistently demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, the physical, emotional and cognitive essential functions and technical standards
that are necessary for successful completion of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.