The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares the student for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy. Physical therapists are health care professionals who provide service to individuals of all ages with physical impairments, functional
limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes.
- Examine and evaluate individuals with movement related problems,
- Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction to enhance physical and functional abilities,
- Promote physical function and wellness to provide optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health, and
- Prevent the onset of symptoms and the progression of movement related problems
Treatment by physical therapists includes exercise, joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation, cardiovascular endurance training, neuromuscular re-education, the therapeutic application of heat, cold and electricity, and activities of daily living training.
Physical Therapists find careers in settings ranging from hospitals and rehabilitation centers to private practices, pediatric facilities, home health agencies, school systems, higher education and research institutions, fitness and wellness centers, and nursing homes.