Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

Information about Physical Therapist program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans



Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 02/24/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1900 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone:   (504)568-4288
Fax:   (504)568-6552
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (504)568-4288
Financial Aid Phone:   (504)568-4820
Web Address:   http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/PhysicalTherapy
Program E-mail:   toshau@lsuhsc.edu
Elizabeth Weiss, PT, PhD
Department Head
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, June 1973 (no longer offered) Master's degree, June 1996 DPT degree, February 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The fully accredited program is located in a state-of-the-art medical complex. The MPT curriculum comprises seven consecutive semesters completed over a 2.25-year period beginning in the summer semester. No thesis is required, but a thesis option does exist. However, students take a sequence of research courses and conduct a group research project in fulfillment of research course requirements. Graduation occurs in August of each year.
Students begin clinical exposure early in the curriculum as follows: First Fall Semester: Eight full days First Spring Semester: Eight full days Second Summer Semester: One 10-week full-time internship Second Fall Semester: One 2-week full-time internship Second Spring/Summer Semester: Two 10-week full-time externship
The program has eight full-time academic faculty members, five part-time faculty members, and more than 30 adjunct faculty members who are employed by the department. The majority of the academic faculty members have doctoral degrees and all are dynamic, progressive clinicians with outstanding clinical expertise. In addition to having a large, fully staffed outpatient clinic on the same floor as the educational program, the Department is responsible for all physical therapy services at four hospitals: University and Charity Hospitals in New Orleans (Medical Center of Louisiana), Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge, and University Medical Center in Lafayette. These facilities as well as the hundreds of affiliating facilities located throughout the United States, afford students a plethora of clinical expertise.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans campus, enrolls more than 2,700 students. Each year, the physical therapy professional program enrolls 36 students.
Admission requirements: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university; A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (based on a semester system) in all undergraduate science and math courses (even those repeated); A grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisites courses: 3 semester hours in each: statistics, anatomy, physiology, advanced biology, public speaking, computer science, and advanced English composition; 6 semester hours in each: English composition, mathematics (algebra level or above), and psychology; and 8 semester hours in each: chemistry, biology/zoology, and physics (all laboratory-based for science majors); Applicants must take the GRE which now includes an Analytical Writing Assessment. A minimum score of 800 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE are required; Sixty or more clock-hours of practical experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Applications are mailed on or after September 1 to students who have mailed a written requst to: Office of Student Affairs, School of Allied Health Professions, 1900 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 Application forms also may be downloaded from the Departmental web site on or after September 1. Applications are due November 15. First priority is given to Louisiana residents.
Tuition for the 2003/04 academic year (including summer school) is estimated to be approximately $3,988. Grants, loans, and scholarships are handled through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Insurance. Accepted students interested in receiving financial aid may contact the Financial Aid office in advance of enrollment. Generally, students may borrow up to $18,500 per academic year through the Federal Stafford Loan program and may be considered for limited funding through the Federal Perkins Loan program (generally $2000 to $4000 per academic year for those who qualify). Limited scholarships are also available.
New Orleans, “the BIG EASY,” has an extremely rich and diverse cultural environment, reflected in the traditions of Creole cooking, jazz music, and visual arts. Numerous festivals are held in the area each year, many of which are free and offer students the opportunity to enjoy Louisiana’s unique culture and lifestyle. In addition to the cultural activities, a full range of services is available to students including health services, counseling services, and on-campus parking. Ample housing is available in New Orleans and surrounding areas and a residence hall exists on campus with housing allocations available to a limited number of full-time students. The Residence Hall is an eleven-story building, consisting of three separate towers with a total of 208 living units. The residence hall is a coeducational facility with private apartment facilities that are economical and convenient. The hall is connected to the LSU Health Sciences Center complex by a covered bridge. Secured, off-street parking facilities are provided for tenants. For leisure time indoor and outdoor activities on campus, students enjoy utilizing the Residence Hall weight room with showers, cardiovascular workout room, table tennis, pocket billiards, and aerobics and ballet classes. In addition, a basketball court with night lighting is available.