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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

All classes at Bradley have been moved to an online format for the remainder of the semester. This means the DPT Open House scheduled for April 18 is canceled. Bradley will schedule another Open House in early September. Please watch our website for the date. We are very sorry to miss this opportunity to meet you and hope this doesn't discourage you from applying to Bradley. If you have any questions about Bradley or the application process, please call (309) 677-3489 or email cwessler@bradley.edu.

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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