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Physical therapists, or PTs, are healthcare professionals who evaluate and treat people with health problems resulting from injury or disease. PTs assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, heart and lung functions, and performance of activities required in daily living, among other responsibilities. Treatments include therapeutic exercise, cardiovascular endurance training, and re-education in activities of daily living.
Our classes are small, so each student is challenged to actively participate in learning to become a competent, caring, and compassionate practitioner. Our program incorporates a hybrid curriculum, including traditional and case-based teaching.
Our DPT program educates students to practice autonomously and ethically in a multifaceted and culturally diverse healthcare environment. Our graduates meet the healthcare needs of society through continued life-long professional service and professional development.
With a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from American International College, you will learn to deliver diverse patient care, provide services that restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disability. You will also learn to plan and modify treatment and instruction, make use of physical measures, activities and devices for prevention and therapeutic purposes, as well as provide consultative, educational and advisory services.
The Division of Physical Therapy of the School of Health Sciences confers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree that reflects the scope and depth of knowledge and clinical experience to meet or exceed entry level practice standards of the profession.
The three-year professional phase encompasses academic, clinical and research experiences for a total of 121 credits.
In concert with the mission of the college, the Division of Physical Therapy facilitates a teaching-learning environment through interactive and collaborative learning experiences.
This allows students to demonstrate cognitive knowledge, psychomotor, and professional skills that will enable them to assume diverse life-long roles as a health care practitioner, which includes clinician, advocate, manager, teacher, and researcher.
Courniotes Hall houses the Division of Physical Therapy. This spacious site boosts three large teaching laboratories, featuring an anatomical lab with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. This site also includes a computer lab, an amphitheater with extensive multi-media capabilities, a student lounge, and multiple classrooms.
You will experience and apply your learning in real healthcare facilities with real patients beginning in the first year of the professional phase.
To practice as a physical therapist, you must be licensed after passing a national license examination. National licensure allows you to practice anywhere in the U.S.
The educational format of our program is designed to develop the skills needed to balance the student's manual skills with critical thinking, in preparation for the exam. We maintain high standards and expectations to ensure that upon completion of our program, our graduates will soar as leaders in their professional community.
For the class of 2011, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.org) reported a 100 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination by AIC students. Our pass rate exceeds Massachusetts and national averages.