Athletic Training

Athletic Training


Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Post-Professional BS/DPT DPT DPT/PhD

Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation Sciences


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

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

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Here you'll learn from faculty who are research and clinical specialists at the top of their professions. Experts in the profession and in the areas that they teach, our faculty are highly credentialed and most have advanced specialty training. Their interdisciplinary approach includes coursework in basic and applied sciences, real-world research opportunities, and custom-tailored clinical placements. This ensures our students receive the most current and innovative teaching and the latest in evidence based practices. Our Faculty

Program Directors

Program Director, Physical Therapy | Clinical Associate Professor

Diane M. Heislein, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Program Director, Rehabilitation Sciences | Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD

Program Director and Lecturer, Athletic Training

Kimberly Mace, DAT, ATC

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