• 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 was the FIRST private school in Texas to offer the entry-level physical therapy degree, the first to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) and the first to offer the post-professional transitional DPT (t-DPT) degree.   Our PT program offers an outstanding education enlightened by Christian faith and values. 

    The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree prepares students for a career in physical therapy. In 2013, the American Physical Therapy Association adopted the following vision statement: “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”  This statement implies the movement system is the core of physical therapist practice, education and research.  Therefore, our role at HSU is to prepare physical therapists who are experts in understanding the role movement plays in optimal health and well-being and ensuring that rehabilitation optimizes movement. 

    Students interested in pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree typically obtain a Bachelor’s degree in a major of his/her choice.  Other requirements for application for admission include completion of specified prerequisite courses and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), observation hours under skilled physical therapists, and demonstration of service and leadership.  All students meeting minimal requirements interview for a competitive seat in the program.  

    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. A small class size ensures personal attention in a caring community. Our exemplary students, facilities, and emphasis on service, provides an excellent environment for professional growth in a Christian physical therapy community. Students have many opportunities throughout the program to advance their entry-level PT skills and to serve the community in Texas and internationally.  To learn more about the entry-level DPT program, click on the link to the right.  

    On this home page you can find answers to your questions and detailed information about the services offered by our department including Continuing Competency opportunities, our Campus Clinic hours, and much more! 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, CEEAA, LAT, ATC, FTPTA

    Department Head and Professor

    Director of Admissions


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