The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares the student for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy. Candidates for licensure must hold a post-baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution. Students are admitted to the professional program after completing a bachelor’s degree in a major of choice and all program prerequisites. Highly qualified Bellarmine undergraduate students may be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program after completing all university general education requirements and the program prerequisites. Bellarmine undergraduate students receive the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree after completing all university general education requirements, program prerequisites and the first year of the professional program. The university awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree upon completion of the professional curriculum.
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
- 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.
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Tuition and Fees
Graduate Tuition: $800 per credit hour
Comprehensive Fee: $45 per course
Students also will be responsible for any course fees, professional fees, and books. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are required to complete a significant number of hours in local, regional and national clinical education sites.
Hobbs Service Learning Clinic
Bellarmine dedicates nation's first endowed physical therapy service learning clinic.
Dr. Dave Pariser
On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Bellarmine community and physical therapy profession suddenly lost our colleague, mentor, teacher, friend and brother, Dr. Dave Pariser. Dr. Dave’s competence, guidance, humor, humility and grace will be missed by all members of the Bellarmine community and the physical therapy profession. Please hold Dr. Dave, his wife Dr. Gina Pariser, and daughters Kayla and Ada close to your heart with prayers.
For information on a memorial fund in honor of Dave, please visit the Dr. David Pariser Memorial Student Leadership Fund.
For more information on Dr. Dave Pariser, his life, and many contributions to physical therapy, please see the Statement from the American Physical Therapy Association.
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