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 100% 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.
- 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 programs 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. PT faculty and students also partner with faculty and students in the Education Department to research exercise and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, while others even helped develop content for “Sammy’s Physical Therapy Adventure,” a book about physical therapy that could speak to pediatric patients going through physical therapy.
- 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 Health Science degree [HT1] and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree.
- The Physical Therapy Department is housed in the Heilman Center, a 35,000-square-foot building that has state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories, a research center, therapy pool, and fitness/aerobic center. These complement the LVC Sports Center facilities, which include a 25-meter indoor pool, three racquetball courts, a 200-meter indoor track, and four full-length basketball courts that can be converted for volleyball, tennis, and badminton.
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.