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Physical Therapy and Health Science

Discover how you can help people overcome injuries and physical impairments with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and health science or doctorate of physical therapy. The undergraduate degree gives you a firm foundation to pursue graduate studies in physical therapy, occupational therapy or other medical professions. The nationally ranked DPT degree prepares you to enter professional practice.

Both degrees recognize the importance of professional practice with mentors. You work closely with faculty in the classroom and supervisors at your internships or clinicals. Because PT and health science are broad fields, you can align those professional experiences with your career goals. If you're an undergraduate, you can add a minor of your choice to strengthen your academic foundation. If you're a DPT student, you can apply for Bradley's one-year orthopedic residency to prepare for your specialist exam.

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Undergraduate Major

Kinesiology and Health Science

Graduate Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy

100% ultimate pass rate on National Physical Therapy license exam

Highest Rate of DPT program admitance of all health science programs with 30+ students.

DPT Open House

DPT Open House (see info about video chats below)

At this time, these plans are tentative. If any changes need to be made, we will contact you with more information.

An admissions Open House for prospective students is held each semester. The next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in room 116 Westlake Hall on Bradley’s campus. This is an opportunity to:

  • See our campus
  • Meet and interact with the faculty
  • Talk with current students
  • Ask questions about the program, curriculum, clinical sites, associated cost and the admissions process

This open house is limited to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and to those applying to PT school in the fall of 2020. Because of limited seating, we request that each prospective student register for the Open House and bring no more than one guest. Light refreshments will be served.

Register Now

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to have on-campus visits this summer for those prospective students who are unable to attend the DPT Open House scheduled for September 12, 2020. However, we welcome you to join a video chat with one or more faculty members (via Zoom) on the dates and times that follow. You can expect the following.

  • Talk to a faculty member in the DPT program
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Learn about the DPT program and the application process.

Several prospective students may be joining each chat. This chat will be geared toward those who are considering applying or who are currently applying for the graduate program in Physical Therapy at Bradley University. Please contact Carol Wessler (cwessler@bradley.edu) to register so that we can send you a zoom link for that meeting. Include your home address, email, school, and date you want to attend. Here are the dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 25th at 12:00 noon CST
  • Thursday, July 23rd at 9:00 am CST
  • Thursday, August 6th at 4:00 pm CST

Accreditation

The following DPT student outcomes reflect students who have completed the DPT program in May 2016, 2017, and 2018

  • 2016 - 100% graduation rate,
    100% licensure exam rate
  • 2017 - 100% graduation rate,
    100% licensure exam rate
  • 2018 - 95.8% graduation rate,
    100% licensure exam rate

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the Bradley University 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; http://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 309-677-3489 or email Carol Wessler at cwessler@bradley.edu.