• Department of Physical Therapy

    Welcome! Thank you for visiting our home page for the Department of Physical Therapy at Hardin-Simmons University (HSU). The Department of Physical Therapy was founded in 1995 and the first Master of Physical Therapy degrees were awarded in December of 1997. We were the first private school in the great state of Texas to offer the entry-level PT program. In 2002, the HSU Physical Therapy Department became the FIRST in the state to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Our first students graduated with their DPT degrees in 2004. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree can be earned after earning a Bachelor’s degree in a major of your choice and completing specified prerequisite courses. The program prepares students for a career in physical therapy. Our program offers students an outstanding education enlightened by Christian faith and values. Our PT faculty are extremely qualified and committed to ensuring your success while in program. Each holds advanced degrees with additional credentials in education and various specialty areas of clinical practice. HSU PT accepts ~28 students/year ensuring personal attention in a caring community. In addition to our dedicated faculty, our exemplary students, facilities, intimate campus community, and emphasis on service provides an excellent environment for professional growth in physical therapy.

    On this home page you can find answers to your questions about physical therapy, our program requirements, our mission & philosophy, and much more! However, please let me know how our department can further assist you by addressing any questions you have to ptoffice@hsutx.edu.

    Wishing you God’s blessings,

    Janelle K. O’Connell, PT, Ph.D., DPT, ATC, LAT
    Department Head and Professor
    Director of Admissions

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