Physical therapy doctoral student and instructor meet with elderly client at the physical therapy clinic
  • Program Type
    Doctorate
  • School
    Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences

Combine your professional skills with your passion for helping others. Be a leader in serving and advocating for the populations that need you.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll focus on three critical areas of PT leadership — evidence-based practice, education, and scholarly activity. You’ll learn the practice of treatment and rehabilitation in a hands-on setting, and engage in the research, education, and preventative care necessary to meet current and future health care challenges. 

Application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

View more information on program details and application and admission requirements

Gain valuable clinical experience.

Take part in enriching full-time clinical education experiences at diverse settings throughout the country. 

Complete in three years.

Students enrolled full-time can earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in three years. A bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to beginning the program.

Develop your understanding of how to work with populations in need.

You’ll help manage a pro bono clinic on campus and provide physical therapy services under faculty guidance in order to practice skills and serve the needs of the people in the region. You also have an option to participate in an international service-learning experience in Guatemala.

Position yourself for career success.

You’ll be prepared to enter the field: 100% of our graduates are employed as physical therapists in a variety of settings, and the overall three-year pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) was 100% from 2016-2019.

Secure your spot early.

Incoming freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to the University of Mary can apply for Early Assurance into our physical therapy program.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

    The University of Mary Program in Physical Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 1, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085. Phone: (703) 706-3245 Email: accreditation@apta.org

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) has accredited the university to offer the DPT.

View additional information regarding accreditation of this program.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of physical therapists to grow by 21% through 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. As we face an aging population, the healthcare industry will inevitably have to confront growing challenges in chronic disease and disability.

Career Paths

  • Physical therapist
  • Researcher 
  • Educator
  • Clinic director
  • Policy advocate 

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