Preparing Patient-Oriented Professionals
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 Department of Physical Therapy contributes to the growing industry by offering programs that prepare 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. Throughout each program, faculty integrate a Christian perspective, focusing on ethics and providing compassionate, whole-person care.
Not sure which of APU’s two doctoral programs in physical therapy and rehabilitation is right for you? Learn more about the distinctions between the programs with our comparison chart.
Through these programs taught by faculty with experience in the field, students 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, graduating equipped to provide a wide range of available services.
Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.