Physical Therapy students

Train to be a physical therapist

Gain extensive clinical experience and explore special interest areas at SRU

Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Offered by: Physical Therapy

As the demand for highly qualified physical therapist increases, the DPT program at SRU is preparing the next generation of leaders in the field. According to the bureau of labor statistics, nationwide employment of Physical Therapists is projected to grow 36 percent between 2012 and 2022. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at SRU is a professional doctorate degree program designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice in physical therapy. Graduates from the SRU DPT program enjoy many opportunities for employment, as job growth in Pennsylvania is expected to increase by 25 percent by 2022.


The Graduate School of Physical Therapy at SRU integrates basic science with clinical practice. A key advantage of this program for students is the variety of available clinical sites and length of time spent in clinical rotations through four different clinical experiences. Students also have the opportunity to pursue special interests related to physical therapy in Professional Exploration. These courses are designed to provide additional experience in a clinical specialty area, research, teaching, administration, and service.

There are two options for pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at SRU:

  • Traditional 3-year, full-time, entry level
  • Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3 - 3 Undergraduate years + 3 Graduate years (for SRU undergraduates only)


SRU's Doctor of Physical Therapy offers the following:

  • Third in the USA to transition from a Master's level program to the Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • Maximum class size of 50 students


All application material must be sent to Graduate Admissions. Please refrain from contacting the School of Physical Therapy to determine what credentials are missing from your application file.

Completion and submission of the online application establishes a file in your name where your credentials are compiled until your file is complete and sent for review. Please submit this early in the process.

Your 2 DPT recommendations from licensed physical therapists and your recommendation from another professional must be from unbiased individuals. Recommendations from neighbors and family friends are discouraged. Professional recommendations may include professors, employers, and volunteer supervisors other than physical therapists. 

Applications are accepted beginning July 1 and end when all available seats have been filled for the class entering the following fall term. Admissions decisions will be made beginning on November 1 for the following fall class. The first round of offers are generally sent the third week of December. Offer letters are emailed, as well as, mailed to the applicant's permanent address. Typically, a second round of offers are sent in mid to late February. Class size is limited to 50 students, so it is in the applicant's best interest to have the application completed prior to the November 1st review date. It is recommended that applicants submit all application materials at least two weeks prior to the initial application review on November 1st to allow for processing.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at SRU is a professional doctorate degree program designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice in physical therapy. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE), successful completion of which is required for physical therapy practice throughout the United States. Licensing requirements vary by state. We strongly urge you to contact the licensing board in the state where you plan to practice.