Department of Physical Therapy

What better way to make a difference than physical therapy? The profession is effective and changes lives. And the need is increasing: The U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts that the U.S. will need 39% more physical therapists by 2020.

Our mission is to educate Doctor of Physical Therapy students to practice autonomously, yet collaboratively, within evolving, complex, and diverse healthcare environments. Graduates will be prepared to be lifelong learners and movement specialists that use evidence to optimize patient/client function and health.


The physical therapy program at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Click here to access accreditation information.

Frequently asked questions regarding physical therapy programs, accreditation and complaints about a CAPTE accredited program can be found by clicking here, or by calling 703.706.3244.

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Lora Packel
Lora Packel
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
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