Physical Therapy

The LSU Health Shreveport 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. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.   

About the Profession

Role of 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.

Career and Practice Settings

Physical Therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Although many physical therapists practice in hospitals, more than 80% practice in other settings:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Out-patient
  • Long-term care
  • School system
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Pediatrics
  • Home health
  • Research

Job Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Quick Facts: Physical Therapists

2018 Median Pay $87,930 per year 
$42.27 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2016 239,800
Job Outlook, 2016-26 28% (Much faster than average)




Persons interested in a career in Physical Therapy may find the following web sites of interest:

American Physical Therapy Association
Louisiana Physical Therapy Association
Louisiana State Board of PT Examiners 
Federation of State Boards of PT
Occupational Outlook Handbook


Get AHEAD this Summer!

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) program is a free, 5-day camp that will be held in June 2020 for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Doctorate
Accreditation: CAPTE
Program length: 3 years
Class size: 36 students/year
Application Deadline: Oct 1
Start term: Summer
Application: PTCAS




Physical Therapy