Physical Therapy

Physical therapists strive to maximize the functionality of the human body by restoring strength and mobility following illness, injury, or surgery. In inpatient and outpatient settings, physical therapists examine their patient’s movement, evaluate symptoms, and develop an individualized treatment plan to promote mobility, flexibility, and strength and to prevent further damage. They use a variety of techniques including physical exercises, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, and massage. Physical therapists treat a variety of patients, such as athletes, the elderly, and those recovering from surgery. Most graduate programs lead to a doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT), although some programs offer a master’s degree. DPT graduates can opt to continue their training through a residency or fellowship in a specialized area.

Suggested undergraduate majors: Applied Human Biology, Exercise Science. Exercise Science majors must also complete General Biology, General Biology, Physics, and Statistics.

Graduate training: Masters or Doctoral degree.

American Physical Therapy Association:

Standardized test: Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service: (PTCAS):

PTCAS Program Directory: and

Please note: this page provides information for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.