• Top 10 Reasons to Earn your DPT Degree at Hardin-Simmons

    1. We live by our Christian values. As a faith-based institution, HSU’s motto is “an education enlightened by faith.” Faculty, staff, and students are free to share our Christian faith and beliefs with one another and help each other grow spiritually as well as intellectually. We provide opportunities for service and outreach as an integral part of your physical therapy education and help you turn your God-given gifts into a lifelong career!
    2. We get personal. At HSU you’re more than a student to us – you’re family. We know you when you walk through that door, and we don’t forget you when you leave. Our faculty and staff will make you feel at home and help you deal with whatever challenges you may face while you’re here – you can count on us!
    3. We have experience. As the first DPT program in the State of Texas, we’ve been educating at the doctoral level longer than any other school, and we know how to do it right. Our faculty members have been recognized among the best teachers in the Texas and the U.S., and we collectively have over 200 years of experience as physical therapists! Many clinical employers selectively hire HSU graduates because they know they will get a good return on their investment!
    4. We know our bodies. Students coming to HSU will have 24/7 access to their very own gross anatomy lab. We are the only school in Texas to have a dedicated cadaver lab in our building and a full year devoted to anatomical study. It’s no surprise that our clinical faculty consistently cite our students’ foundational knowledge of human anatomy as one of their strengths. What better way to appreciate how we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our Creator!
    5. We give you a choice. When it comes to selecting the sites where you will obtain your hands-on clinical experiences, we don’t leave things to chance. Unlike most other programs that use a lottery approach when making clinical education assignments, our students meet individually with our Director of Clinical Education to discuss their needs and choices so a mutual decision can be made.
    6. You won’t be outnumbered. Our small class size (28) ensures that you won’t get lost in the crowd at HSU. Each student has a faculty advisor who helps him or her devise and implement a professional development plan. Our family-style environment creates a sense of belonging that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are struggling personally or academically, there will always be someone here who is ready to assist you as needed. And when it’s time to celebrate your success, you will experience the joy of a personal hooding ceremony during HSU’s commencement event.
    7. Mission work is part of our working mission. We offer a weekly “Campus Clinic” which is staffed by teams of faculty and students who provide pro bono physical therapy services to folks on our campus and local community. In addition many students and faculty participate in our annual mission trip to underserved parts of the state and world. These trips have taken us to Mexico, Guatemala, Nigeria, and the border communities of Texas where students use their knowledge, skills, and compassion to serve those who need us the most!
    8. We put you to work quicker. HSU’s DPT program is only 7 semesters long which means you are able to graduate and begin earning a professional income at least 6 months sooner than most other PT students. Although our tuition rates may be higher than state-supported schools, you won’t be burdened with multiple hidden fees, high costs for commuting and parking, or expensive housing. So when you really do the math, you may be surprised to discover what a good deal we have to offer!
    9. You leave with more than a degree – you’ll have a resume. Our students have opportunities to participate in professional experiences that most PTs don’t have until after graduation. While in school, many of our students are allowed to take advanced continuing education courses that lead to specialty certifications. In addition, all students participate in a group research project which is presented at a formal symposium on campus. Over half of these projects are subsequently presented at professional conferences or published in scientific journals. Many of our students have been formally recognized at the state and national level for outstanding accomplishments in their clinical practice, research, and service. Not a bad resume for a new grad!
    10. We pray for your success. Whether you share our Christian beliefs or not, we will be praying for your success and well-being. Prayer requests are solicited by students and faculty who commonly join in prayer before class, faculty meetings, and social gatherings. God has truly blessed us and we look forward to sharing those blessings with you!
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