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.
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.
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:
- Long-term care
- School system
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Home health
According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics:
|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