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Events and Activities

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 proces

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.

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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 ( 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

2nd Year Class Update

FThe Bradley University Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2020 students have accomplished much throughout the 2018 calendar year. From working hard to achieve success in fundamental core classes like orthopedics and neuroanatomy, to completing our first clinical experiences during the summer, we are well on our way to earning our doctorate degrees to practice as licensed physical therapists. Recently, our class put on the annual Gary R. Tippett Hilltop Trot 5k Race and 1 mile walk to fundraise for us to attend outside educational experiences like the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting and to help further prepare us for our licensure exam. Currently, our class is spending time examining treatment methods to best help patients who have neurological pathology or insults like cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and many other conditions. Much of what we are learning has also been in the context of inpatient rehabilitation or acute care which has begun to prepare many of us for hospital affiliated clinical experiences this upcoming summer. Transitioning into 2019 we look forward to further rounding out our education with spine and cardiopulmonary related classes as we inch closer to our third and final year of graduate education.

1st Year Class Update

The first years are adjusting well enough to the busy workload and fast pace of physical therapy school! We recently completed our first summer classes of Gross and Functional Anatomy. As the only class in the department with didactic courses during the summer, we had a blast having the Department facilities to ourselves and enjoyed getting to know each other in the close-knit environment. Playing sand volleyball and exploring Peoria were a few of the activities we did together to relax and unwind in our free time. With almost eight weeks of the fall semester behind us, we now have the first rounds of exams and hands-on practicals under our belts. Looking ahead, we are beginning to dip our toes into our research projects and specifically currently learning about patient transfers in OUR Foundations of Physical Therapy and beginning to tackle the lower extremity in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 1. Our research topics are beginning to take form and we are integrating well into the various activities and events the department has to offer.