Physical therapy is the healthcare discipline focused on alleviation of movement dysfunctions as a result of physical disability, movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, and pain from injury, disease and any other conditions. The Doctor of Physical Therapy may offer clinical services by referral or direct access, administer and manage practice settings, participate in research, and serve as consultants and educators.
ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) offers a three-year, entry-level doctoral program. Courses are designed with emphasis on both a strong academic foundation and clinical practice. Class sizes allow faculty and staff to work closely with students to help them develop the professional attitudes and clinical problem-solving skills necessary for optimum patient care. Graduation from the Physical Therapy Residential Program requires completion of didactic and clinical coursework, as well as a terminal project. Upon graduation, students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. Physical therapy students receive their basic and clinical science education in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Clinical education is completed in healthcare facilities throughout Arizona and selected sites outside Arizona.