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 University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 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:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-596-8677 or email  

The 2-year graduation rate calculated using the new CAPTE formula is 85.5% for the DPT Classes of 2017 and 2018. Using the historic U.S. Department of Education methodology, the 2-year graduation rate (DPT Classes of 2017 and 2018) is 89.5% for on-time graduation and 96.1% for graduation within 150% of anticipated graduation date. The two-year ultimate pass rate on the national licensure examination for the DPT Classes of 2016 and 2017 is 100%.  For USciences graduates who responded to the alumni survey, 100% were employed within 6 months of passing the licensure exam (2017, 2018). To access further details on pass rates, visit this link on the FSBPT website.

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  • Faculty Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at USciences Faculty Research

    October 17, 2019

    USciences faculty researchers are passionate about their areas of interest. In these interviews, faculty members discuss how they got involved in their research and what keeps them interested.

  • Physical Therapy Students Volunteer at Multiple Sclerosis Ride

    October 01, 2019

    Four students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program volunteered to help treat and triage patients during the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride on September 21-22, 2019.

  • Attendees Learn About Pain Management at 2019 Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture

    September 27, 2019

    Joseph M. Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCS, clinical professor and director of post-professional programs at Mercer University, spoke about the neuroscience of pain and the management and application of individuals with neurologic impairment at the 19th Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture on September 26, 2019 held on campus in the Science and Technology Center.

  • Students Apply Healthcare Skills as Counselors at MDA Summer Camp

    September 25, 2019

    For one week each summer, children with muscular dystrophy are encouraged to have fun away from their parents and caretakers and experience new opportunities at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp. People like Jenna Kwiecinski BMS'20, HumSci'20, make it possible by volunteering their time to make sure the camp runs smoothly and safely.

  • PT Professor Helps Write Guidelines on Treating Runner's Knee

    September 24, 2019

    After seven years of collaborative efforts, a new guideline to help treat runner's knee, an issue that impacts one in four individuals, has been published with a USciences physical therapy professor serving as co-author.

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