United States Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Campus Programs
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools award masters degrees, doctorate degrees and graduate certificates in dynamic fields where rehabilitation, injury prevention and wellness are key. In most programs, students study theory and the clinical skills basic to their technical area.
Those who work towards their physical and occupational therapy degrees on campus could benefit from the in-person format. Aside from the community of students and faculty, live demos, campus facilities and interactive lab courses could help students learn by doing.
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools & Degrees
Some Physical and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools could offer degrees in more than one area, but you can also find universities that don’t, so you may want to search by category.
- Athletic Training Graduate Schools
- Kinesiology Graduate Schools
- Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
- Physical Therapy Graduate Schools
Below are some examples of physical therapy and occupational therapy degrees that could be offered. Most programs presume students have earned a bachelors degree. That said, you should be alert to any other required material as well as application deadlines.
Athletic Training Graduate Schools
Athletic training graduate schools might offer a degree such as the Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Students who work towards this degree could explore the link between both fields as they relate to the optimization of athletic performance. In their courses, students might learn about sports nutrition, strength training, physiology and research methods. This type of athletic training degree might prepare learners to take several exams upon graduation. Two examples are the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams.
Kinesiology Graduate Schools
Kinesiology Graduate Schools could offer a program such as the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree. In some kinesiology schools, this type of program could focus on sport and human performance. Students who work towards this degree might study to advance their grasp of the links between movement and exercises that occur in the contexts of development, learning, rehabilitation, and training.
Physical Therapy Graduate Schools
Physical therapy graduate schools tend to offer Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Programs. The DPT degree is considered an entry-level professional physical therapy degree.i Typically, a DPT is a 3-year, full-time program. It could start out with a core of basic science courses that span gross anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics and more. As the program moves on, students could also take clinical content/lab courses, and applied clinical integration courses.
Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
Occupational therapy graduate schools may award degrees such as the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) degree, which is a terminal degree for OTs. Some DOT degree programs stress advanced leadership, pedagogy, and clinical knowledge. For instance, courses could highlight advanced geriatric practice, and pediatric or behavioral health interventions. To apply, students may need to possess a bachelors or masters in occupational therapy (or school approved background). Also, a valid license as an occupational therapist and work experience may be required.
Accreditation for Physical and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
Many physical and occupational therapy graduate schools are regionally or nationally accredited. This level of approval usually speaks to the financial stability of a school, faculty, student services and curricula. In terms of individual program accreditation, this could come from distinct agencies. For instance, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredits some Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree programs.i And, some occupational therapy programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.ii
Find Your Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate School
To earn any one of these degrees, you will need to find the physical and occupational therapy graduate schools that offer them. Do this easily with the on-page tools. Conduct a location search to find physical and occupational therapy graduate schools by city, state or country. Refine by degree level, then look over the programs. Last, contact schools directly as soon as possible so you don’t miss the next program start date.
[i] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm | [ii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm
- Fairfield, CTFairfield, CT
Sacred Heart University
Become an essential member of the sports medicine team. Get the hands-on training and classroom experience you need to evaluate, protect and care for athletes at all levels. ...
- Portland, MEPortland, ME
University of New England
The faculty of the Physical Therapy program value students with diverse educational backgrounds and life experiences. Individuals with a bachelor's degree, in any major, from a regionally accredited institution are encouraged to apply for admission...
- Portland, ME
- West Hartford, CTWest Hartford, CT
University of Hartford
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is an entry-level professional physical therapy program.
- Tampa, FLTampa, FL
University of Tampa
Government, business, sports and education are some of the fields students will be prepared to work in with this degree.
- Huntsville, TXHuntsville, TX
Sam Houston State University
The Master of Science in Kinesiology emphasizes sport and human performance.
- Elon, NCElon, NC
Elon’s three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program emphasizes a patient-centered approach to the profession.
- Cullowhee, NCCullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University
Since our graduate program is not large, students are usually in small classes. In fact, the student-faculty ratio is about one graduate faculty membe...
- Staten Island, NYStaten Island, NY
City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island
The combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program in Physical Therapy is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as ph...
- Cincinnati, OHCincinnati, OH
Mount St. Joseph University
The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a comprehensive program designed to prepare future clinicians.
- California, PACalifornia, PA
California University of Pennsylvania
Students graduating from the program will now be able to receive national certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National A...
- Wayne, NEWayne, NE
Wayne State College
The Exercise Science program provides the academic background and technical skills to work in a number of health/fitness related careers.
- East Stroudsburg, PAEast Stroudsburg, PA
East Stroudsburg University
The MS in Exercise Science consists of a minimum 35-credit thesis program structured to provide students with advanced study across specialized...
- Tallahassee, FLTallahassee, FL
Florida A And M University / Florida State University
Physical Therapy is a health profession involved in prevention, evaluation, and treatment of disease processes andinjury.
- Tyler, TXTyler, TX
University of Texas At Tyler
The mission of the Online Kinesiology program is to provide advanced research-oriented study of exercise science.
- Rindge, NHRindge, NH
Franklin Pierce College
The mission of the professional education program in physical therapy at Franklin Pierce College is to graduate knowledgeable, compassionate, self-ass...
- Ypsilanti, MIYpsilanti, MI
Eastern Michigan University
The Basic Masters in the Occupational Therapy Program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelors degreein a related field and wish to pursue a c...
- Abilene, TXAbilene, TX
Hardin Simmons University
Qualified students earn their entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2 1/2 (7-semesters).
- Hampton, VAHampton, VA
D.P.T. in Physical Therapy...
- Memphis, TNMemphis, TN
University of Tennessee - Memphis
Part-Time or Full-Time. Area of Concentration: Musculoskeletal Sciences; Neurological Sciences (Adult, Pediat...
- Cincinnati, OHCincinnati, OH
Xavier University Of Louisiana
- Dallas, PADallas, PA
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
The purpose of the Physical Therapy Program is to provide the community with physical therapists who are prepared to assume their professional role in...
- Jonesboro, ARJonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University