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SBU Physical Therapy Department

Program Mission and Student Outcomes

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." - Colossians 3:23-24

Program Mission Statement (rev. 11.17.04)

Our Healing Mission: The physical therapy department at SBU is dedicated to providing society with physical therapists who engage in the art and science of physical therapy with a Christian worldview. The graduate will be a clinician generalist who is prepared to provide physical therapy services for a diverse population in an evolving society and health care environment.

Program Goals (est. 11.17.04)

A SBU Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate will be able to:

1) Integrate the Christian worldview into the practice of physical therapy.
2) Engage in the professional practice expectations on a diverse patient and client population throughout the lifespan.
3) Educate and communicate with appropriate stakeholders in the health care environment.
4) Serve the profession and society to promote and improve evolving health care delivery.
5) Reflectively practice the art and science of physical therapy by critically evaluating, integrating, and contributing to the expanding professional knowledge base.
6) Formulate a plan for life-long learning coupled with professional, personal, and spiritual growth.

Over the past three years our:

  • Graduation rate is 99% (2011 = 98%; 2012 = 100%; 2013 = 100%)
  • Ultimate licensure exam pass rate is 96% (2011 = 95%; 2012 = 100%; 2013 = 93%)
  • Employment rate within six months for those passing the licensure examination is 100% (2011 = 100%; 2012 = 100%; 2013 = 100%)
  • Acceptance rate into the program is 13% (2011 = 17%; 2012 = 13%; 2013 = 12%)
  • Average number of applications received per cycle is 602 (2011 = 469; 2012 = 646; 2013 = 692)

(This information was last updated November 2013)

Three-Year Curriculum Plan

Year 1
Fall (16 weeks) January (3 weeks) Spring (16 weeks) Summer (11 weeks)
PTH 5133 Critical Inquiry PTH 5221 Teach/Learn PTH 5491 Christian WV II PTH 6293 Ex Prescription
PTH 5013 Psychosocial PTH 5593 Neuroanatomy PTH 6393 Motor Control PTH 5233 MS Found
PTH 5047 Human Anatomy   PTH 5423 Ther Ex PTH 6022 THC
PTH 5066 Clinical Kinesiology   PTH 5093 PT Science PTH 6082 Human Life Seq
PTH 5481 Christian WV I   PTH 6273 Integumentary  
    PTH 5611 Pro Dev Sem I  
    PTH 5103 Modalities  
    PTH 5403 Phys Asses  
Total Hours: 20 4 20 10


Year 2
Fall (16 weeks) January (3 weeks) Spring (16 weeks) Summer (11 weeks)
PTH 6245 MS I PTH 6332 Administration PTH 6255 MS II PTH 7283 Cardio PT
PTH 6263 Prosthetics/Orthotics PTH 5412 Diagnostic Im PTH 7316 Neuro 2 PTH 7353 Geriatric PT
PTH 6473 Pathology 1   PTH 6603 Pathology II PTH 7343 Pediatric PT
PTH 6501 Christian WV III   PTH 6621 Pro Dev Sem 2 PTH 7362 Capstone
PTH 6326 Neuro I   PTH 6511 Christian WV IV  
PTH 5382 Pharmacology   PTH 6583 Health Promotion  
    PTH 5151 Clinical Inv I  
Total Hours: 20 4 20 11


Year 3
Fall (16 weeks) Spring (18 weeks)
PTH 7158 CE I (8 weeks) PTH 7459 CE III (9 weeks)
PTH 7458 CE II (8 weeks) PTH 7469 CE IV (9 weeks)
Total Hours: 16 18


Total credit hours (without electives): 143