Bellarmine University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Bellarmine University


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BellarmineUniversity (D6, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 09/27/2004


Address:   Physical Therapy Program

LansingSchool of Nursing and Health Sciences


2001 Newburg Rd

Louisville, KY40205


Phone:   (502)452-8356 Fax:   (502)452-8429

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (502)452-8364 

Financial Aid Phone:   (502)452-8124 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Mark R Wiegand, PT, PhD

Department Chair and Graduate Program Director



  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 2002 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2004

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2014

  Five Year History:   Accreditation (Previously accredited as the University of Louisville)



Doctor of Physical Therapy



The program begins in the summer. The student will be enrolled full-time for the next 31 months or up to a total of 138.5 credit hours. Clinical experiences occur throughout the curriculum with the last being three 8 week full-time internships at the end. A student is classified as an undergraduate student during the first year of the program and a graduate student during the last year and one-half. Graduation occurs in December. The curriculum is outlined in detail on the program’s website.



First-year students spend Fridays in local clinics during the spring semester followed by a 4-week, full-time clinical experience in the summer. Second-year students complete a 4-week, full-time clinical experience in the second spring. Three 8 week full-time (24-week total) internships follow the completion of academic requirements in the final summer and fall prior to graduation. Acute care, rehabilitation, and community-based experiences are required. Specialty experiences are available. A wide geographical area is utilized in addition to Kentucky. One clinical experience must be in a rural or disadvantaged area. International clinical experiences are available in Perth, Australia. The Program has a wide range of service learning opportunities to complement clinical education experiences, including an on-campus student managed Service Learning Clinic.



There are eight full-time and three part-time faculty members. Five of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees. The faculty hold six ABPTS specialty certifications and three non-ABPTS certifications. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 2 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:13.



The university enrolls a total of 1,800 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students. There are graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Nursing, Education, Theology and Business on campus. The university and program give equal admission consideration to residents and nonresidents.



Preferred application deadline is October 15 for early admission decision. Applications are due December 1. Credentials are due February 1. Please request a program brochure or see the website for requirements for applicants at 53% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program (3-year average). Applicants to the program must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to starting in the professional curriculum. Qualified BellarmineUniversity undergraduate students are eligible for early entry in to the professional curriculum



97% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 100% employment rate of graduates seeking jobs in physical therapy. First time licensure rate is 80% (3 year average including University of Louisville graduating classes 2001-2002); subsequent examination pass rate is 97%.



Full-time tuition and fees per semester for the 2004-05 academic year are $10,000 for first three semesters and $8,000 for last five semesters. Aid is available through the Financial Aid Office, and loans, stipends, and scholarships are available through local organizations (see BellarmineUniversity website at Full time PT student tuition and fees cohort rate established for 8 semester curriculum each year with guaranteed costs.



The program is located in Louisville, Kentucky in a primarily residential neighborhood close to bus lines, shopping and entertainment. Dormitory, off-campus housing and parking are plentiful. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are available on campus and in the city. BellarmineUniversity is a member of NCAA Division II and fields athletic teams in 19 sports. Public transportation and airline service in the area are good.