Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Program Overview

Physical Therapy is a profession committed to improving the quality of life of individuals in every sector of the population.  From infants to the elderly and from athletes to those stricken by disease or injury, physical therapists work to restore movement, improve function, and promote healthy lifestyles.  Physical therapists are qualified to evaluate and treat nearly any movement impairment.  They practice in a variety of settings such as schools, private practice clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, industry, and outpatient clinics.  The faculty of the physical therapy program at Bradley University are committed to teaching a foundation of basic sciences such as biomechanics, neurosciences, musculoskeletal, physiology, motor learning, and administrative theory.  From this foundation students learn examination, evaluation, diagnostic, and intervention skills.  They have ample time to practice their skills in five fully supervised clinical rotations.  Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure.

The DPT Program at Bradley offers you:

  •     Accredited DPT degree program
  •     Small faculty to student ratio with faculty attention to students
  •     Competitive tuition with additional financial assistance opportunities
  •     Clinical education experiences in: Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, Sports & Orthopedics, Outpatient and Inpatient Rehabilitation, Industrial Rehabilitation, Pediatrics and Geriatrics.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students enroll full-time in the DPT program cohort and can complete the program in three years, including one January interim and three summers.

Department Contact Information:

Graduate Program Advisor

Dr. Andrew Strubhar, (309) 677-2856,

Department Chair/Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Steven Tippett, (309) 677-2855, 

Administrative Support

(Note: Please direct inquiries to Carol Wessler first.)

Carol Wessler, (309) 677-3489,