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About the Department

Recognized for their extensive academic background, in-depth field research, and expert clinical skills, today’s physical therapists hold prestigious positions in the primary care sector, with more than half of the states in the U.S. allowing patients to refer themselves directly to a physical therapist. Azusa Pacific University’s physical therapy programs contribute to the growing industry by preparing mature, self-directed, patient-oriented professionals who are willing to work closely with physicians, nurses, counselors, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists in a team approach to patient evaluation and care.

APU graduates gain the ability to evaluate movement dysfunction, identify patient treatment goals, establish and implement individualized treatment programs, and make referrals to other health care professionals in settings such as hospitals, clinics, school systems, nursing homes, athletic programs, industries, and private homes, creating a wide range of available services.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.