To: Chris Tusa
From: Tori Amos
Date: November 4, 2001
Subject: Job search

I chose to examine two professional physical therapy programs in the
southeastern United States. Both Louisiana State University and Texas Women's University have highly regarded physical therapy programs known to produce well qualified graduates.

Professional School #1 - Louisiana State University

School Summary
The Department of Physical Therapy at L.S.U. offers an entry level Master
of Physical Therapy degree for those aspiring to be Physical Therapists.  The Department also offers a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physical Therapy.  L.S.U.'s physical therapy program is an accredited program by the Commission on Physical Therapy Education.  Admission to the entry-level Master of Physical Therapy program is extremely competitive.  Requirements include at least sixty hours of volunteer work prior to applying to the school, at least a 3.0 grade  point average, and a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college.

Employment Opportunities
This Masters Program consists of two and a half years of schooling which
includes coursework and clinical internships.  Human anatomy and physiology as well as classes exploring clinical practice comprise the first four semesters of school One completes his first clinical Internship in
the sixth semester of physical therapy school, while the seventh and final
semester consists primarily of a second clinical internship.. While in physical therapy school, classes begin at 8:00a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., prompting administrators to strongly discourage that students have
outside jobs, other that the afore mentioned internships.

Professional School #2 - Texas Women's University

School Summary
The Physical Therapy program at Texas Women's University is an accredited institution which offers a Masters degree Physical Therapy.  The University was ranked in U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top graduate professional programs nationally.  The faculty at Texas
Women's University consists off twenty-four full-time and three part-time
faculty members.  The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.  Texas Women's University Physical Therapy school has centers in both Dallas and Houston.  Both campuses offer a variety of clinical experiences in large
metropolitan areas.

Employment Opportunities
This program consists of six and one half semesters over a twenty-six month span.  Clinical experiences are integrated with coursework during the first year of study. The details of clinical experiences were not specified.  During the second year, two eight week, full-time clinical
assignments are completed during the fall and spring semesters.  An eight
week, full-time internship occurs following the second year of the program.  Clinical Internships are available in over 250 sites across thirty-two states in the United States.  This is especially beneficial to out of state students as they may have the opportunity to return to home states
to intern and possibly network future employment.

Both professional schools I have examined have reputable histories in
producing well qualified graduates.  As mentioned before, both schools balance coursework with  actual work experience providing the student with instruction in different settings in this field. These comparable aspects of each school make my decision tough to chose between the two; however, I am more inclined to attend L.S.U.'s program because I am a Louisiana resident thus reducing tuition costs.