Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

As the U.S. population ages, there is increasing demand for trained healthcare professionals who can help individuals recover from injuries, prevent loss of mobility, and function at their highest level. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, you’ll play a critical and rewarding role in the evolving future of health care.

The USciences DPT degree program is a hands-on clinical program taught by doctoral-trained, clinically certified specialists. You’ll start working with real patients in the first year of your professional curriculum, and participate in full-time clinical work at locations nationwide, with more than 200 companies. If you enter the program as a USciences freshman, you can complete the DPT in just six years. We also admit transfer and graduate professional students.

In the DPT program, you will learn to work as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team through a collaborative clinic with medical students from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. The USciences DPT degree program requires no reapplying for the professional years as long as you maintain the required GPA.
  2. If you enroll in the DPT program as a freshman, you can earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in just six years.
  3. Learn from a faculty of doctoral-trained, clinically certified specialists with rich, diverse backgrounds.
  4. Our DPT program is immersive and evidence-based. You will learn by doing through our pro bono community clinics and full-time clinical experiences.
  5. USciences Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduates are in high demand, typically receiving several job offers before graduation.

Accreditation

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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-596-8677 or email l.packel@usciences.edu

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.


  • PT and Pharmacy Students Team Up For National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

    October 22, 2019

    Sixty-seven physical therapy and pharmacy students along with 18 students from USciences' student chapter of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists collaborated for an interprofessional Fall Prevention event on September 19, 2019.

  • 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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