Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy

Overview

A Thomas Jefferson University building, adorned with flags

Physical Therapy is a dynamic, multifaceted profession with an established theoretical and scientific base. Today’s physical therapists care for people of all ages to restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function.

Thomas Jefferson University's Physical Therapy (PT) Program is one of the most respected PT programs in the region. Students from around the country come here to experience a positive, collaborative learning environment that contributes to success.

Graduation, Licensure & Employment Rates

 

2014

2015

2016

3 Yr Average

Graduation

98%

98%

96%

97%

Licensure

100%

100%

100%

100%

Employment

100%

100%

100%

100%

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 30% from 2008 to 2018. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with just a 0.2% unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since the enactment of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility, in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach people how to prevent or manage their condition so that they can achieve long-term health benefits. PTs 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, PTs 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. A doctorate degree and state licensure (for each state the PT practices in) is required to become a practicing physical therapist.

Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at
Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Phone:
703-706-3245
E-mail: accreditation@apta.org

APTA Student Membership