• 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 program offers students 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. A Bachelor’s degree in a major of your choice, completion of specified prerequisite courses, observation hours under skilled physical therapists, and acceptance into the competitive program are required. 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. To learn more about the entry-level DPT program, click on the link to the right.

    Our post-professional t-DPT program is designed for licensed physical therapists who desire to “upgrade” their entry-level education to the doctoral level. This 5 semester, 23 hour program has dual tracks for clinicians and educators. To learn more about this program, click on the link to the right for the transitional program.

    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, ATC, LAT
    Department Head and Professor
    Director of Admissions

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