The laughter and smiles show kids at camp enjoying themselves. But this camp, now in its 18th year, serves important therapeutic and educational purposes.
Physical therapy consistently ranks among the “most satisfying careers,” thanks to the pleasure that comes from helping individuals move forward with their daily lives.
Physical therapists (PTs) examine, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to elderly, who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and function in their daily lives.
To prepare for a career in physical therapy, individuals must complete a graduate degree from an accredited program and pass the national licensure examination.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using research-based and clinically proven treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. PTs help teach people how to understand their bodies so that they will be able to manage a health condition. They also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
PTs refer to and collaborate with other health professionals to help each individual achieve their optimum mobility and quality of life.
PTs provide individualized care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities.
Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA
Provost, Medical University of South Carolina
Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
Dean, College of Health Professions
Rick Segal, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA
Chair, Department of Health Professions
Professor, Division of Physical Therapy
Dr. William Boissonnault
Dr. Rebecca English
Dr. Erica Pfeiffer
Mr. Michael Timko
U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate school rankings named MUSC College of Health Professions’ graduate Physical Therapy program #28 (tied) out of 206 accredited programs in the United States.
The MUSC Doctor of Physical Therapy program at MUSC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). For questions or concerns about the program's accreditation or to make any reports to CAPTE, please visit their site.
MUSC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This accreditation means that our degree program meets or exceeds established national standards for a professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Whereas accreditation applies to training programs, licensure applies to individuals. Our program prepares students for and makes them eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which all individuals must pass in order to practice physical therapy. Passing the licensure exam is necessary, but it may not be sufficient to practice physical therapy in a given state. You can find additional requirements for practicing physical therapy in each state at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.