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About The Program

Physical therapy is one of LVC’s most competitive and in-demand programs and will soon have additional new space in the $20 million Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, opening in 2018. Through a pre-professional and professional phase of study, you will earn a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of physical therapy degree in just six years. Each student participates in clinical study that offers real-world experiences in physical therapy.

Our graduates boast 100% job offer rates, as well as a more than 90% pass rates on the physical therapy board exam. A strong and active alumni network ensures that all department graduates will have extensive support during and after program completion.



Why LVC?

  • Since 2006, LVC’s Physical Therapy Program has had full accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • The physical therapy curriculum is based on the American Physical Therapy Association’s “A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education” and the “Guide to Physical Therapy Practice.” The program follows the guidelines established by CAPTE.
  • In addition to pre-professional courses in biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, sociology, psychology, and English, there is a significant liberal arts component to the program. This comprehensive education makes our graduates great communicators and practitioners.
  • Physical therapy students have extensive opportunities to conduct research and collaborate with faculty through programs such as BodyARMOR—a collaborative effort between the departments of athletics, physical therapy, and athletic training. Students also partner with the education department to develop a program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Many physical therapy majors gain real-world experience as undergraduates working in the Lebanon Valley College Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic or volunteering with the student-run free physical therapy clinic, Compassionate Undenied Rehabilitation Experience Therapy Clinic (C.U.R.E.).
  • Graduates of this six-year (3+3) program will receive a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree [HT1] and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree.
  • The Physical Therapy Department will be housed in The Jeanne and Edward H. Arnold Health Professions Pavilion set to open spring 2018.

The strong reputation of the DPT program in the Central PA region and the C.U.R.E. student-run pro bono clinic were factors that influenced my decision to attend LVC.

Physical Therapy Doctoral Graduate

Kristin Miller D'16

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