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 Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of the Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

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.

The two-year average (2016, 2017) graduation rate is 94.21%, inclusive of students entering from within the University as well as post-baccalaureate entry students.  Ultimate 2-year licensure pass rate (2014-2015) is 97.56%.  Employment rate within 6 months of passing licensure exam—100%. To access further details on pass rates, visit this link on the FSBPT site. .

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