Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.
Physical therapists are health care professionals that diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities. Physical therapists (PTs) treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. 1
An education in physical therapy allows individuals the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of career settings (including hospitals, private practices, educational institutions, work settings, nursing homes, and more). Physical therapists must be licensed in the state where they wish to practice. After completing an accredited doctoral physical therapy program, individuals must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to become licensed.
1 American Physical Therapy Association
The APTA vision statement for the physical therapy profession is: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Augusta University offers a 3-year doctoral program in Physical Therapy, which is comprised of 9 semesters, including 36 weeks of clinical experience. We also offer a Certificate in Traditional Chinese Medicine which can be earned concurrently.
Applications must be submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Learn more about the application process.