Doctor of Physical Therapy
Every day in the United States, nearly one million people are helped by a physical therapist.
As essential participants in the health care system, physical therapists diagnose and treat
people of all ages as well as promote fitness and health. The aging U.S. population ensures
that physical therapists will remain in high demand.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and prepares
graduates for work in hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, outpatient
clinics, wellness and sports facilities, and private homes. Coursework is derived from
an established theoretical and scientific base that offers broad clinical applications in
restoration, maintenance and promotion of optimal physical function.
Students take classes in Concord at a modern, spacious facility that includes classrooms,
seminar rooms, computer labs and three clinical labs where students learn hands-on,
practical skills. Clinical experience is a vital part of the program and can be completed in
sites throughout the country. The program is typically completed in three academic years;
this includes 32 weeks of full-time clinical affiliation in various settings.
Graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce are skilled and
compassionate clinicians who partner with patients to make their lives healthier and more
enjoyable. The employment rate of Franklin Pierce graduates has been 100% within six
months of passing the license exam.
The Physical Therapy Educational program is an entrylevel curriculum leading to a Doctoral degree in physical
therapy (D.P.T.). Students seek admission following the
receipt of an undergraduate degree and completion of
The program is designed as an integrated model closely
following the concepts of the Normative Model of
Physical Therapist Professional Education developed
by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
This curriculum prepares the student to integrate the five
elements of patient/client management - examination,
evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention - in a
manner to optimize outcomes. Examination, evaluation, and
establishment of a diagnosis and a prognosis are all part of
the process that helps the physical therapist determine the
most appropriate intervention(s) to address outcomes that
are desired by the patient/client.
Accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Standards
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University is CAPTE-accredited
International Student Requirements:
Same as Domestic, plus English language competency
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