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Vital Statistics and Outcomes

DPT Program

  • Accreditation: The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education Programs 
  • Length: 36 months - 3 Summers, 3 Fall semesters, and 3 Spring semesters
  • Start Date: Summer Session I, usually the first week of June
  • Class Size: 24 students per class
  • Clinical hours: Approximately 1400 clock hours or 36 weeks
  • Tuition: 2020-2023 is $75,000 (subject to change)
  • Faculty: 9 full time faculty who are PT’s, 6 have advanced doctoral degrees (PhD, D.Sc) and 3 are near completion of the terminal degree. 1 full time professional staff who has a PhD. 7 part-time faculty who teach specific portions of the curriculum relative to their clinical expertise. Numerous other clinicians from a variety of disciplines teach as guest lecturers. (Some of the full-time faculty have teaching responsibilities in an undergraduate program.) 

DPT Program Applicants

  • Number of Applicants: 3-year average - 409
  • Acceptance Rate: 3-year average - 11% of applicants get an offer
  • Matriculation Rate: 3-year average – 54% of those offered a place in the class accept the offer
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3-year average – 3.68
  • Average Required course GPA: 3-year average – 3.54
  • Average GRE: 3-year average – Verbal 154; Quantitative 154
  • Required Observation Hours: 40 hours of specific observation hours in a physical therapy clinic is required, although having at least 100 hours of observation is highly recommended. It is understood that applicants will have had some exposure to physical therapy and health care. On your application you will be asked about your exposure to PT.


According to standards implemented by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) data regarding student outcomes must be made available to the public. These data will be updated annually.

The Physical Therapy program at Bradley University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and confers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to students who successfully complete their course of study. The Program has been accredited in an ongoing fashion since its inception. The most recent re-accreditation was granted in May, 2012 for the maximum allowable ten years. The Program will be up for re-accreditation in May, 2022.

The Program’s graduation rate for the most recent three year period is 100%

The Program’s 2-year (2015, 2016) ultimate examination pass rate as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is 100%.

100% of graduates were employed as a physical therapist within six months of passing the licensure examination.

What is the history of the physical therapy program at Bradley University?

Physical therapy began at Bradley University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT). Initial accreditation was received in 1994. In 2000 we began the Master of Physical Therapy program (MPT) and phased out the BSPT. Our last Master’s students graduated in 2006. In 2005 we began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the first class graduated in 2008.

Why is a doctoral degree necessary for physical therapy?

We encourage to you follow the links to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) frequently asked question about the DPT. Go to APTA, then click on Education, click on Educational Programs – Professional PT, then click on DPT degree FAQ’s.