Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at a Glance

Degree: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Program length: 3 years  |  Delivery: Full-time, predominantly on-site, live day classes
Class size: 36 students/year
Application Deadline: Oct 1  |  Start term: Summer  |  Application: PTCAS

Benefits of getting  your degree at LSU Health Shreveport

The LSUHS Physical Therapy Program offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree for persons interested in becoming a Physical Therapist. The degree is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and required prerequisite coursework. The Program is a three year program comprised of 9 semesters. The curriculum is aimed at producing outstanding clinical skills in Physical Therapy including, diagnosis, clinical reasoning, program planning, and therapeutic intervention. 

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Why choose a Career as a Physical Therapist?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association: Physical Therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Physical Therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, Physical Therapists work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Job Outlook for Physical Therapists
2021 Median Pay*

$95,620 per year
$45.97 per hour

Number of Jobs, 2021* 238,800
Job Outlook, 2021-31* 17% (Much faster than average)
*United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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