Department of Physical Therapy
What We Do:
Physical therapists have a comprehensive understanding of how the human body works, and treat patients to improve or restore movement. We provide a comprehensive academic program to prepare students to work as physical therapists. Our program is rich with opportunities to train alongside professionals in diverse environments.
How We Stand Out:
- Diverse and dedicated faculty members, including four faculty who are certified clinical specialists by American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
- Emphasis on service and compassion, in accordance with Jesuit Education values
- Substantial hands-on training through internships, field trips, volunteering
- Domestic and International Service Trips (VS “field trips”)
- Excellent feedback from employers who hire graduates
- Collaborative campus community
- 100% of our students are members of the American Physical Therapy Association
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) is an graduate-level program for persons who wish to become physical therapists. The DPT is a 3-calendar-year graduate program that begins in June, and includes summer study each year (Year I - Anatomy course, Years II and III - clinical experiences). Students graduate with a DPT degree in late May each year.
A maximum of 40 students are enrolled in the DPT program each year.
The total cost of a DPT education at the University of Scranton can vary year by year.
Meet Our Faculty:
Scranton Physical Therapy faculty members represent a broad range of disciplines, giving students the opportunity to learn from experts in specialties like geriatrics, sports medicine, anatomy, cardio pulmonary PT, women’s health, fall prevention, pediatrics and kinesiology/human movement.
Caring and compassionate, helpful and supportive, faculty members serve as mentors for their career-minded students.
These exceptional teachers are active in professional associations and in ongoing study and research in their areas of interest. Most faculty members are simultaneously practicing physical therapists.
Scranton physical therapy faculty members are some of the best teachers you will find in the industry and are frequently acknowledged for their excellence by outside organizations.
Renee M. Hakim, PT, PhD, NCS
Janette Scardillo, PT, DPT
Dana Maida, PT, DPT, GCS
Lori Walton, PhD, DPT, MS, MPH(s), CLT
Jennifer Schwartz, PT, DPT, NCS
Anthony Carusotto, PT, EdD, DPT, CLT, WCC
Tracey Collins, PT, PhD, MBA, GCS
Peter Leininger, PT, PhD, OCS
Inside the Classroom:
- High-level interaction between teachers and students, and among students
- Challenging subject matter in which students learn to see things in three dimensions
- New $47.5 million, state-of-the-art facility, Leahy Hall, opened fall 2015
Graduates from the DPT program successfully meet program outcomes in line with accreditation standards as required by CAPTE, including graduation rate, NPTE exam pass rate, and employment rate.
You’ll find Scranton physical therapy graduates working in diverse settings such as:
- Sports rehabilitation clinics
- Private PT practice
- Nursing homes or assisted living facilities
- Community health programs
- Athletics teams
- Research facilities and more
Angela Stolfi, Class of 1996, 1997, and 2006, is the director of physical therapy at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation, which has been nationally ranked as a Top 10 rehabilitation program by U.S. News & World Report for 24 years. She manages a staff of more than 150 employees at four main sites and two satellite locations in Manhattan. Between the campus based and online programs, 15 of the physical therapists at Rusk are Scranton graduates.