Physical Therapy

Top-Ranked Program in the Sciences 

On November 9, 2011 the Physical Therapy Program received reaffirmation of full accreditation status from CAPTE.   


You might not expect one of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges to be a leader in the sciences.

Think again. Lebanon Valley College was rated number two in the North in the 'Great Schools, Great Prices' category among 'Best Baccalaureate Colleges' in U.S.News & World Report's 2013 edition of the book, "America's Best Colleges." Also, for the seventeenth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has rated LVC among the top tier schools academically in its category (#6). LVC was recognized by The Princeton Review as "A Best in the Northeast" college and Forbes named LVC on its list of "America's Top Colleges."

Over the years, we've been awarded more than $1 million in National Science Foundation grants and more than half of our graduates in the sciences have earned advanced degrees and Ph.D.s. Given our record and reputation in the sciences, you might think we'd be satisfied with past success. Instead, we have forged ahead to create a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program-the only one of its kind in central Pennsylvania. Our first physical therapy class entered in the fall of 2000. We fully intend for this program to draw the same level of national acclaim as our existing academic programs and our first D.P.T. graduates have already begun paving the way.

Bright, Hard-Working Students
Ultimately, any academic program is only as good as its graduates.

At LVC, we are seeking those students who have what it takes-talent, discipline, and perseverance to become leaders in the physical therapy profession. Already, more than 30 percent of Lebanon Valley College students graduated from high school in the top 10 percent of their classes.

Students who enter the program should expect to be fully challenged.

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 Therapist Practice." The program follows the guidelines established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (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. All students will gain substantial clinical experience at regional and national healthcare organizations. Graduates of the six-year (3+3) program will receive a Bachelor of Health Science degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. LVC received initial full accreditation for the Physical Therapy Program from CAPTE  in 2006 and reaffirmation of full accreditation status in November 2011 through December 2021.

State-of-the-Art Facilities
Already, LVC offers the type of well-equipped campus you would expect of a top college.

Our computer network connects scores of microcomputers via a sophisticated fiber optic system, allowing students to travel the Internet and tap into libraries and databases around the world wirelessly. And few colleges offer students more exposure to a full array of high-tech equipment: a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, and ultracentrifuge.

The Heilman Center, a 35,000-square-foot building, is home to the Physical Therapy Program. Adjacent to the College's Arnold Sports Center, the structure house's state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories, a research center, a therapy pool, and a fitness/aerobic center. These complement the 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.

If you would like to be part of the Physical Therapy Program, please contact us so we can answer your questions. Write to us at or call us toll free at 1-866-LVC-4ADM (1-866-582-4236).