In order to practice in this field, individuals must obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This may require additional education and clinical experience, for more information contact HealthProfessions@LCU.edu.
Physical therapists are concerned with identifying and maximizing quality-of-life and movement potential of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation. Click here for a full description of what Physical Therapists do.
Employment growth for physical therapists is projected at 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapists is driven by baby boomers, who are maintaining active lifestyles, while remaining susceptible to health conditions (e.g., health disease, stroke, etc.) that often require the care and intervention of physical therapists.
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Texas Physical Therapy Programs
*Programs are public and fully accredited unless otherwise indicated
Angelo State University – Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences, Physical Therapy Program
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene - Department of Physical Therapy (Private)
Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Physical Therapy
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Texas Woman's University, Dallas and Houston - School of Physical Therapy
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Department of Physical Therapy
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton - Physical Therapy Program (Private)
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth - Department of Physical Therapy
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin -Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (Private)
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston - Department of Physical Therapy
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas - Department of Physical Therapy
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio - School of Physical Therapy (Private)
Developing programs or in accreditation process
Baylor University Graduate School, Waco - Physical Therapy Program (Private)
Click here to check the accreditation Status of Physical Therapy programs visit American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
For the pre-physical therapy degree plan, you will need to enroll in Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum. Visit the University Catalog here to view the pre-physical therapy degree plan and other LCU degree plans.