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
- 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.
- Portland, MEPortland, ME
University of New England
Our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy prepares you in occupation-based, client-centered critical thinking and clinical reasoning for occupational therapy practice.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Jonesboro, ARJonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University
- University Park, PAUniversity Park, PA
Pennsylvania State University
Our academic focus is in the arts and sciences of human movement.
- 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.
- University, MSUniversity, MS
University of Mississippi
- Hayward, CAHayward, CA
California State University, East Bay
M.S. in Kinesiology prepares students broadly in the scholarly skills and fundamental knowledge basic to the discipline of Kinesiology and Physical Ed...
- Dubuque, IADubuque, IA
Students can enter this six-year program as freshmen at Clarke, major in an undergraduate field while completing requirements for physical therapy, en...
- 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...
- Charleston, ILCharleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University
General focus, or exercise science, teaching and coaching, athletic administration, or sport management.
- 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...