Physical therapists evaluate and treat patients with disease, injury, or disabilities. In many states, registered physical therapists work as independent practitioners. The physical therapy techniques are applied to restore strength, flexibility, and coordination, and to reduce pain and generally prepare the patient to function more effectively at work and in activities of daily living. Agents such as heat, light, electricity, water exercise, and massage are used. While working with patients, psychological and sociological principles are used to motivate and instruct.
Within the profession there are many specialties including orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, hand rehabilitation, and sports physical therapy. Physical therapists work in acute-care and convalescent hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children's centers, private practice, athletic training and sports medicine programs, research institutions, school systems, and home-care agencies.
Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. The impact of proposed federal legislation imposing limits on reimbursement for therapy services may adversely affect the short-term job outlook for physical therapists. However, over the long run, the demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function spurs demand for therapy services.
The growing elderly population is particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services. Also, the baby-boom generation is entering the prime age for heart attacks and strokes, increasing the demand for cardiac and physical rehabilitation. Further, young people will need physical therapy as technological advances save the lives of a larger proportion of newborns with severe birth defects.
Future medical developments also should permit a higher percentage of trauma victims to survive, creating additional demand for rehabilitative care. In addition, growth may result from advances in medical technology that could permit the treatment of more disabling conditions.
Widespread interest in health promotion also should increase demand for physical therapy services. A growing number of employers are using physical therapists to evaluate work sites, develop exercise programs, and teach safe work habits to employees in the hope of reducing injuries in the workplace.
Median annual earnings of physical therapists were $72,790 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $60,300 and $85,540. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,350, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,350.
PHYSICAL THERAPY--Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy
About our program
Our entry-level doctor of physical therapy program (DPT) is designed for individuals who have no previous degree in physical therapy or who have an Associate degree in the field of physical therapy and wish to pursue a doctor of physical therapy degree and professional certification.
Admission to the University follows completion of the prerequisite earned at an accredited college or university. The emphasis in the program is on professional courses, ethics, and practical experience. Additional emphasis is placed on research and specialized clinical affiliations.
The program is three years in length. Loma Linda University utilizes a four quarter system yearly. School breaks are built into the program. This program begins in June once a year.
Our students and graduates are eligible for membership in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The objective of the association is to foster development and improvement of service and education. This organization grants student membership at a nominal cost. Our students are required to become members of this association while in the program and are encouraged to read the journal and attend the APTA-sponsored meetings.
Satisfactory completion of the degree requirements and clinical affiliation qualify the student to sit for all state registration examinations.
Information about the state registries of physical therapists can be obtained at the office of the department chair. All states require that a physical therapist pass the national qualifying examination for registration to practice. California application form and fee are submitted to the Physical Therapy Board of California, 1430 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, California 95852.
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Loma Linda University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; (703) 684-2782. Email: email@example.com Website: www.capteonline.org
The most recent accreditation status was granted on May 2, 2012 and is in effect through June 30, 2022.
Supervised experience is obtained in a variety of settings and at six different times during the program. In the spring quarter of the first year, students complete one two-week practicum. In the fall quarter of the second year, students complete one three-week practicum, and in the summer quarter of the third year students complete one three-week practicum. During the third year of the program, students complete three 10-12 week affiliations.
All clinical assignments will be made by the academic coordinator of clinical education or a designate. Because of the limited number of local facilities available, assignments cannot be made on the basis of the student's family/marital status or personal preference. Although the department makes an effort to accommodate the student's preference, the student agrees to accept the clinical assignments made by the department at any of the affiliated facilities, whether local or out of state.
Students are required to have current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification for all scheduled clinical experiences for both options.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:
1. Clinical Skills: Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and clinical skills appropriate for safe and effective physical therapy practice.
2. Multicultural Competence: Demonstrate compassion and respect during interactions with individuals from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
3. Clinical reasoning: Demonstrate the ability to critically think and integrate evidenced- based practice into their clinical decision making skill set.
4. Professionalism: Demonstrate an awareness and application of the ethical and legal parameters surrounding the profession of physical therapy.
5. Collaborative Care: Demonstrate an understanding of evidenced-based clinical care utilizing collaborative relationships between the patient, physical therapist, and other health-care practitioners.
6. Communication: Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication with instructors, classmates, and clinical personnel as needed to work effectively as a member of the health care team.
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:
The Admissions process is a selective process. Criteria used include: GPA, completion of subject requirements, interview, essay, recommendations, and work experience.
Those applying to the Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program must apply through the PTCAS Service.
A TOEFL score of 550 (213 if computer generated) is required for globally educated or international students who have taken credits outside the US. Students who have scored below 550 will need to retest and meet the minimum score before they are eligible.
The minimum subject admission requirements are listed under the two options that follow. Grades of C minus (C-) and below are not transferable for credit.
OPTION ONE: BS/DPT track
This option is for individuals who DO NOT have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Graduates will receive a bachelor of health science degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree.
Domain 1: HUMANITIES AND RELIGION: 24 quarter/16 semester credits minimum.
Humanities: Credits in humanities must be selected from at least three of the following areas and must include at least one upper division course.
Religion: An applicant who has attended an Adventist college or university is required to have taken four quarter units of religion from an Adventist institution for each year of attendance at an Adventist college or university. Up to 12 quarter credits may apply towards the 24 credits needed in Domain1.
If the applicant has not attended an Adventist college or university, religion units are not required. In either case, however, the applicant must have completed 24 quarter/16 semester units in Domain 1- Humanities and Religion.
Domain 2: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS:
Natural sciences: The study of natural sciences must include the following courses and must include at least one course at the upper division level.
Social sciences: 12 quarter/8 semester credits with at least one course at the upper division level.
Domain 3: COMMUNICATION: (9 quarter/ 6 semester credits minimum)
Domain 4: HEALTH AND WELLNESS: 3 quarter/2 semester units required.
Domain 5: Electives
Observation experience: 80 observation/work hours are required, 20 hours of which must be in an inpatient setting.
OPTION TWO: DPT-only track
This option is for individuals who have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Graduates will receive a doctor of physical therapy degree.
Select one of the following two options:
Observation experience: 80 observation/work hours are required, 20 hours of which must be in an inpatient setting.
The tuition quotes do not include books and supply fees, lab fees, living or transportation expenses and are tuition costs for the full program listed. Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to pursue scholarships. Tuition rates are subject to increase annually.
PHYSICAL THERAPY--Entry-level doctor of Physical Therapy
The program of instruction outlined below:
|PHTH 506||Exercise Physiology||3|
||PT Communication and Documentation||2|
||Physical Therapy Modalities||3|
||Manual Muscle Testing||3|
|PHTH 519||Locomotion Studies||3|
|PHTH 521A||Orthopedics IA||3|
|PHTH 527||Scientific Foundations for Therapeutic Exercise||2|
|PHTH 528||Therapeutic Exercise I||2|
|PHTH 532, 533
||Biostatistics I, II||2,2|
|PHTH 557||Lifespan Studies: Infant-Adolescents||3|
|PHTH 563||Scientific Inquiry I||2|
||Physical Therapy Practicum I||1|
|AHCJ 305||Infectious Disease and the Health Provider||1|
|AHCJ 311||Medical Terminology||2|
|AHCJ 542, 543||Pathology I, II||4,3|
|AHCJ 561||Neuroscience I: Neuroanatomy||4|
|AHCJ 562||Neuroscience II: Neurophysiology||3|
|AHCJ 563||Neuroscience III: Clinical Neurology||2|
|AHCJ 721||Wholeness Portfolio I||1|
||Christians Perspectives on Death and Dying
||Adventist Heritage and Health
|PHTH 501-503||Neurology I, II, III||2,3,3|
|PHTH 511||Clinical Orthopaedics||2|
|PHTH 512||Clinical Psychiatry||2|
|PHTH 517||Movement Science||2|
|PHTH 518||Aspects of Health Promotion||2|
|PHTH 521-523||Orthopedics I, II, III||3, 3, 3|
|PHTH 530||Therapeutic Exercise II||3|
|PHTH 534||Soft-Tissue Techniques||2|
|PHTH 555||Differential Diagnosis||2|
|PHTH 558||Lifespan Studies II: Developmental Disabilities||3|
|PHTH 559||Lifespan Studies III: Geriatrics||2|
|PHTH 561||Physical Therapy Administration||4|
|PHTH 564||Scientific Inquiry II||2|
|PHTH 572||PT Practicum||1.5|
|PHTH 575||Orthopedics IV||1|
|AHCJ 516||Clinical Imaging||3|
||Portfolio Practicum II||1|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society
||World Religions and Human Health
|PHTH 573||PT Practicum III||1.5|
|PHTH 701, A B
||PT Affiliation IA IB||4,1|
|PHTH 702, 703
||Affiliation I, II||5, 5|
||Advanced Orthopedics Studies||4
||Advanced Neurologic Studies||4|
||Advanced General Medicine Studies||4|
See course descriptions.
Larry Chinnock, PT, EdD, MBA
Physical Therapy Department
School of Allied Health Professions
NH Room 1810
Phone: (909) 558-4632, extension 47251
Please contact Larry directly at the above email if you have questions about this program.