Physical therapists are clinicians who work with patients to
alleviate pain and prevent the onset and progression of impairment,
functional limitation, disability or changes in physical function and
health status. A four-year (full-time) program, the Doctor of Physical
Therapy prepares entry-level practitioners to critically analyze and
convey information to patients, colleagues and health professionals, as
well as adapt to the rapid changes in the profession and the healthcare
delivery system. The comprehensive 120-credit program is supported by
doctoral faculty who educate students to become autonomous
practitioners. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) of the
School of Health and Medical Sciences is accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax
Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
; website: http://www.capteonline.org
. The program’s accreditation has been granted for a period of ten (10) years effective November 17, 2010.
The breadth and depth of the DPT curriculum, which highlights the
foundational sciences, orthopedics and sports medicine, exercise and
fitness, neurological rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary medicine and the
business of patient care, allows students to acquire the necessary
knowledge and hands-on skills to enter a variety of practice settings.
The need for physical therapists is expected to grow exponentially
through 2020, as more individuals with disabilities or limited
functioning demand therapy services.
The program emphasizes the application of theory and research to
practice. Students take part in a rigorous, four-semester research
sequence that allows them to develop a research question, conduct a
literature review, design a study, collect data and present their
findings at various meetings and conferences. Such evidence-based
practice challenges students to add to the body of literature that
currently exists in the field. Since the inception of the program in
2001, student research groups have presented their work at regional and
national physical therapy meetings.
Providing care with sensitivity is an integral program component that
begins in the first year of study. Students live out this mission
through four semesters each of part-time integrated clinical experiences
as well as four full-time internships in sites throughout the tri-state
area as well as in key cities across the county. These experiences
allow students to work alongside a licensed physical therapist, putting
their classroom learning to work in professional settings. Laboratories
complete with equipment and measurement tools consistent with
contemporary PT practice and research promote teaching and learning
outside of the classroom.
Upon completion of the program, graduates of the program are
thoroughly prepared to begin physical therapy practice. We boast strong
student outcomes. For students graduating 2009-2011, 90.8% of enrolled
students graduated from the DPT program. For students graduating in 2011
after completing the final clinical internship, 98.6% of DPT students
met entry-level practice standards, and 38.6% received recognition for
exceeding threshold expectations on the clinical performance instrument
(CPI-web). Consistent with the program's mission, in 2011 100% of
students participated in community-based service learning projects
addressing physical activity for children with special needs, and 100%
of students engaged in faculty-mentored research projects presented at
SHU's annual academic exposition. Most of these research projects also
were presented at regional and national physical therapy conferences.
Graduates take the National Physical Therapist Examination (https://www.fsbpt.org),
and our three-year pass rate for 2009-2011 is 92.9%. 100% of DPT
graduates from 2009-2011 who passed the NPTE reported employment within
six months after licensure in diverse practice settings. Many students
acknowledge several employment offers prior to graduation.
To learn more about the Doctor of Physical Therapy, check out the admission and curriculum sections and apply today.