Doctor of Physical Therapy

The nationally ranked doctoral degree in physical therapy is a 110 credit-hour program, spread across three years, that readies you for licensure and practice. With a June start date and CAPTE accreditation, you’ll have all you need to start helping patients.

Taking Your Future Forward

With a 100% rate of graduation, licensure and employment, the Bradley DPT is your path towards excellence in physical therapy. Combining 36 weeks of clinicals, 4 semesters in Bradley's free clinic for neuromuscular issues, research projects, conference presentations and a cohort program, you’ll emerge brimming with the knowledge and experience needed to provide care.

Plus, with an optional orthopedic residency that prepares you for the APBTS clinical specialist exam, you can cater your opportunities to your needs.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Learn more about graduate admission standards and application requirements on our Requirements page.

DPT Open House

On Saturday SEPTEMBER 10 starting at 1:00 to 3:00 we will host a face-to-face event. The program will begin with several faculty presenting different aspects of the program, the admission committee chair will talk about the application process, and we will have a student panel. This will be followed by a short tour of the facilities.

IMPORTANT- you must register for these events by clicking the link. You must supply a working email.

This open house is limited to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and to those applying to PT school in the fall of 2022. If you have any questions please email bradleydpt@fsmail.bradley.edu.

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Graduate Program Requirements

Required Courses - 110 hrs.

  • PT 600 Professional Seminar - 0 hrs.
  • PT 612 Functional Anatomy I - 3 hrs.
  • PT 614 Gross Anatomy I - 3 hrs.
  • PT 622 Functional Anatomy II - 3 hrs.
  • PT 624 Gross Anatomy II - 3 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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Program Admission Requirements

  • Application completed through PTCAS; applicants should not use Bradley’s graduate application
  • Undergraduate degree with a major in health science or kinesiology and health with a “C” or higher in all required courses OR a non-major with the following courses completed with a “C” or higher:
    • Chemistry: 1 year sequence for science majors (6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience
    • Physics: 1 year sequence for science majors (6-8 semester hours) with laboratory experience
    • Biology/Zoology: 6-8 semester hours with content that includes an introduction to cell biology, biochemistry, and genetics
    • Anatomy: 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian, human, or comparative anatomy that includes a laboratory experience
    • Physiology: 3-4 semester hours of vertebrate, mammalian, or human physiology (two semester sequence of combined anatomy and physiology will meet the anatomy and physiology requirement)
    • Statistics: 3 semester hours