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Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University!

Physical therapy is a dynamic and fulfilling career and is projected to grow as a profession in the evolving health care environment. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Jefferson prides itself on a number of unique attributes that may make Jefferson the ideal fit for you in meeting you education and career goals: the opportunity to make your mark at a highly ranked program with a national reputation, an excellent medical center in a dynamic urban setting, a faculty committed to graduating students who are prepared to the practice in tomorrow's health care environment, and the opportunity to participate in interprofessional education with students from all health care professions in state of the art educational environments.

Susan Flannery Wainwright, PT, PhDSusan Wainwright, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Physical Therapy

The faculty achieves our education mission "to graduate highly competent physical therapists who are patient advocates, leaders in the community and the profession, who are prepared to treat a culturally diverse population of clients and pursue professional development opportunities" through a commitment to academic excellence. The curriculum is built upon a strong basic science foundation with emphasis on evidence-based physical therapy practice, and integrated part-time experiential learning activities and 36 weeks of full-time clinical education. Graduates of our program are not only prepared to examine and treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems; they are prepared to develop injury prevention and health maintenance programs for people at all stages of life. Graduates are prepared to apply scientific knowledge, humanistic values, critical analysis and a systematic approach to patient care when making clinical decisions.

The PT program is a 3 year (11 semester) full -time program. There are two pathways to enter Doctorate in Physical Therapy program in Jefferson's Department of Physical Therapy: through a 3+3 program with one of universities with which we have articulation agreements or via application upon completion of a baccalaureate degree.

A Jefferson education moves students beyond the skills and facts of physical therapy to becoming practitioners who can be responsive within a dynamic healthcare environment. Through ongoing professional development across the curriculum students demonstrate professionalism by respecting the rights and dignity of patients, acting in a trustworthy manner, maintaining and promoting high standards for physical therapy practice, education, service and research.

I hope that you will continue to explore out web site to learn more about how the DPT program at Thomas Jefferson University can meet your educational and professional goals. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Susan Flannery Wainwright, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
(215) 503-8961
susan.wainwright@jefferson.edu