Physical Therapy Careers

Our program will prepare you for general physical therapy practice.

Physical Therapy Practice As a physical therapist, you'll work with patients functionally impaired from injuries or disease. The physical therapist's role is to help patients regain strength and function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Our program will prepare you for general physical therapy practice. This qualifies you to begin your professional career in almost any healthcare setting while enabling you to later specialize in areas such as pediatrics, sports medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, industry, school settings, and home care.

In a clinical setting, you will assess patients' physical functions in the context of their medical history and social support. You will test and measure patient strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function. You will assist them by prescribing therapeutic exercise to improve the quality of their lives.

Career Outlook

Physical therapy continues to occupy a critical role in the healthcare system. Over the next five to ten years, the need for PT services is expected to grow as the elderly population increases and baby boomers become more at risk for strokes and heart attacks.

In addition, the burgeoning awareness and promotion of good health should increase the demand for PT services. As a result, your career prospects are excellent in hospitals, home care services, neurological rehabilitation centers, pediatric offices, school settings, long-term care facilities, education positions, and research.

Post-Professional Education Opportunities

The rigors of the academic and research course work in our entry-level professional programs qualify the graduate to enter other advanced academic programs such as, post professional doctorates, e.g. doctor of science (D.Sc.), doctor of education (EdD), or doctor of philosophy (PhD).


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"Interprofessional Education"

The Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center is a research and academic project that uses professional actors to create real-life patient care simulations for students. Students from eight healthcare disciplines at D'Youville College take part in the Center, including physical therapy.

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