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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The nationally ranked doctor of physical therapy degree is a three-year program that readies you for physical therapy licensure. Courses and clinical experiences lead to success on the national licensing exam, with an ultimate 3-year (2016, 2017, 2018) pass rate of 100%.

Preparing You For Success

You develop your skills in the classroom and professional practices throughout the U.S. as a DPT student. The program requires 36 weeks of clinicals in a variety of settings in addition to a full courseload. With small classes and clinical settings, you develop relationships with your professors, clinical mentors and classmates.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • 36 weeks of full-time clinicals
  • Research projects you can present at conferences and Bradley's year-end research showcase
  • An optional orthopedic residency that prepares you for the APBTS clinical specialist exam
  • Assist patients in Bradley's Clinic for Function and Fitness — a free clinic for people with chronic neuromuscular issues

Making Your Mark

All of Bradley DPT students are working in the field within six months of graduation. They're providing patient care in a wide range of settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and private practice settings, among others.

Advantages of attending Bradley University's Doctoral of Physical Therapy Program:

  • 100% Licensure Pass Rate
  • 100% Employment Placement Rate
  • 98.6% Graduation Rate

All of Bradley DPT students are working in the field within six months of graduation. They're providing patient care in a wide range of settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and private practice settings, among others.

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 costs, 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

Graduate Program Requirements

Required Courses - 105 hrs.

  • PT 600 Professional Seminar - 0 hrs.
  • PT 612 Functional Anatomy I - 2 hrs.
  • PT 614 Gross Anatomy I - 2 hrs.
  • PT 622 Functional Anatomy II - 2 hrs.
  • PT 624 Gross Anatomy II - 2 hrs.
  • PT 630 Foundations of Physical Therapy - 4 hrs.
  • PT 636 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I - 4 hrs.
  • PT 640 Clinical Science I - 3 hrs.
  • PT 646 Research Methods - 2 hrs.
  • PT 655 Experiential Learning - 1 hr.
  • PT 662 Neurological Physical Therapy I - 4 hrs.
  • PT 666 The Research Process - 2 hrs.
  • PT 670 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • PT 680 Clinical Science II - 2 hrs.
  • PT 686 Supervised Research I - 1 hr.
  • PT 700 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II - 4 hrs.
  • PT 710 Clinical Education I - 8 hrs.
  • PT 716 Supervised Research II - 1 hr.
  • PT 720 Teaching and Learning Theory in PT - 3 hrs.
  • PT 730 Neurological Physical Therapy II - 4 hrs.
  • PT 740 Clinical Science III - 2 hrs.
  • PT 766 Supervised Research III - 1 hr.
  • PT 770 Applied Exercise Principles - 3 hrs.
  • PT 790 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Integumentary Physical Therapy - 4 hrs.
  • PT 800 Clinical Education II - 8 hrs.
  • PT 810 Health and Wellness - 3 hrs.
  • PT 816 Supervised Research IV - 1 hr.
  • PT 820 Physical Therapy Administration and Professional Issues - 3 hrs.
  • PT 830 Physical Therapy Differential Diagnosis - 4 hrs.
  • PT 850 Clinical Education III - 10 hrs.
  • PT 860 Clinical Education IV - 10 hrs.
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