About the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
Welcome to Boston University’s Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. If you’re interested in health care, physical activity, and helping people, either of these diverse career fields can be richly fulfilling. Both offer excellent employment prospects, too. In fact, U.S. News & World Report includes physical therapist among its Best Jobs of 2016. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts “faster than average” job growth for athletic trainers and physical therapists.
BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College has degree programs for students at all levels who are pursuing a wide range of professional goals. You’ll find undergraduate and graduate programs, two of which combine an undergraduate degree and advanced degree on an accelerated track.
U.S. News & World Report ranks our Doctor of Physical Therapy program among the top 9% in the nation.
We also offer a doctoral program in rehabilitation sciences, an interdisciplinary field that focuses on enhancing both physical and psychosocial functioning, as well as a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.
For many reasons—from outstanding faculty to broad clinical training to our location in a renowned urban center of science and medicine—our programs rank among America’s best. We’re equally proud to say that our students are among Boston University’s most active, involved, and enthusiastic about their chosen fields.
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Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Chair
Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCSView profile
Sara Brown, MS, ATC
Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Centers and Labs
Center for NeurorehabilitationTerry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
Physical Therapy CenterJames Camarinos, PT, DPT, OMT, FAAOMPT
Ryan Center for Sports Medicine & RehabilitationJames Camarinos, PT, DPT, OMT, FAAOMPT
Coordination Dynamics LaboratoryElliot Lee Saltzman, PhD
Human Adaptation LaboratoryCara L. Lewis, PT, PhD
Movement & Applied Imaging LabDeepak Kumar, PT, PhD, OCS
Neuromotor Recovery LaboratoryLouis N. Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
Skeletal Muscle Physiology LabLaDora V. Thompson, PhD, BS, PT