Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy

Chair's Message

Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD

Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a dynamic and fulfilling career and is projected to grow as a profession in the evolving healthcare environment. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Thomas Jefferson University prides itself on a number of unique attributes that may make Thomas Jefferson University the ideal fit for you in meeting your education and career goals:

  • The opportunity to make your mark at a highly ranked program with a national reputation
  • An excellent medical center in a dynamic urban setting
  • A faculty committed to graduating students who are prepared to practice in tomorrow's healthcare environment
  • The opportunity to participate in interprofessional education with students from all healthcare professions in state-of-the-art educational environments

The faculty achieves our education mission "to graduate highly competent physical therapists who are patient advocates, leaders in the community and the profession, who are prepared to treat a culturally diverse population of clients and pursue professional development opportunities" through a commitment to academic excellence.

The curriculum is built upon a strong basic science foundation with emphasis on evidence-based physical therapy practice and integrated part-time experiential learning activities and 36 weeks of full-time clinical education. Graduates of our Program are prepared to examine and treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems and to develop injury prevention and health maintenance programs for people at all stages of life. Graduates are prepared to apply scientific knowledge, humanistic values, critical analysis and a systematic approach to patient care when making clinical decisions.

The PT program is a three year (11 semester) full -time program. There are two pathways to enter our Doctorate in Physical Therapy program: through a 3+3 program with one of universities with which we have articulation agreements or through application upon completion of a baccalaureate degree.

A Thomas Jefferson University education moves students beyond the skills and facts of physical therapy to becoming practitioners who can be responsive within a dynamic healthcare environment. Through ongoing professional development across the curriculum, students demonstrate professionalism by respecting the rights and dignity of patients, acting in a trustworthy manner, maintaining and promoting high standards for physical therapy practice, education, service and research.

I hope that you will continue to explore our website to learn more about how the DPT program at Thomas Jefferson University can meet your educational and professional goals. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

Susan Flannery Wainwright, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Phone: 215-503-8961