Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport

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



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

Last Updated by Program: 02/13/2006
Address:   Program in Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103-3932
Phone:   (318)675-6820
Fax:   (318)675-4208
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (318)675-6820
Web Address:   http://www.sh.lsuhsc.edu/ah
Program E-mail:   jmccul@lsuhsc.edu
Joseph McCulloch, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Dean and Director
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  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:   The Shreveport Program began as an expansion of the New Orleans Program in 1982. Independent accreditation for the Shreveport Program, October 2001.
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Docotor of Physical Therapy
The MPT program is a consecutive 2.5-year program beginning in the summer semester. Students average 30-40 hours per week in class and clinics. No thesis is required, but a thesis option does exist. Students take research courses and conduct an independent research study. Graduation occurs in August of each year.
Students begin clinical exposure in the second semester of enrollment. Beginning in the fall semester, students receive the equivalent of one full day of clinical experience per week. This exposure continues until the end of the spring semester of the first year. At this time, students experience one 10-week clinical rotation. Part-time exposures continue in the second year and culminate with two 10-week rotations at the end of the second year.
The program has six full-time and 10 adjunct faculty members. There are three ABPTS Certified Specialists (Orthopaedics, Geriatrics, and Pediatrics), a Certified Hand Therapist, a Certified Wound Specialist, and a Certified Manual Therapist on faculty. Three full-time faculty members have post-professional doctoral degrees and all faculty members maintain active clinical practices. The faculty is involved in presenting and publishing scholarly work, with 15 publications and approximately 70 platform and poster presentations on local, state, and national levels within the year.
There are approximately 750 students enrolled at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. Each year, 24 students are admitted to the physical therapy program, allowing an over-all, full-time faculty/student ratio of 1:8 within the program.
To be considered for admission, students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all undergraduate math/science courses, a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses, and at least a score of 800 from the combined score of the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Students are admitted to the program on a competitive basis after obtaining a baccalaureate degree at any accredited college or university. Prerequisites include 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). A minimum of 60 clock-hours of practical experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and test scores for the GRE are required. Applications are available for download from the website on or after September 1, and should be returned no later than November 15. First priority is given to Louisiana residents, though out-of-state applications are accepted.
96% of admitted students graduate from the program. Of those graduates, 100% are licensed and employed in physical therapy. (3-year average)
Tuition for the 2004-05 academic year is estimated to be $4500 for Louisiana residents. Grants, loans, and scholarships are handled through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Insurance. Students interested in receiving financial aid should contact this office well in advance of their expected enrollment.
Louisiana has a rich and diverse cultural history still reflected today in the state’s traditions of Creole cooking, jazz music and visual arts. The state hosts over 50 festivals each year, many of which are free and offer students the opportunity to relax and enjoy Louisiana’s unique style of leisure. Ample housing is available within a reasonable cost-of-living in the Shreveport area. Parking is also available for students.