College of Health Sciences

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

College of Health Sciences

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Physical Therapy



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An Integral Part of Our Evolving Healthcare System

Physical therapy continues as an integral part of America’s evolving healthcare system, and practitioners can have a satisfying career helping people, from newborn to elderly, function at their optimum ability. Physical therapists work to prevent or overcome the effects of disease or injury for clients in a range of vibrant environments, including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient centers, individual homes, skilled nursing facilities, public school systems, and private practice. Physical therapists also work as educators, researchers, and consultants.

Innovative Patient-Centered Curriculum

In Arcadia's innovative patient-centered curriculum, students learn to integrate and apply clinical, behavioral, and basic science knowledge. Time spent in lectures and labs is structured to nurture students’ critical thinking skills and help them absorb the full depth of knowledge for evaluating, treating, and instructing clients.

Aligned for Excellence

The Arcadia University physical therapy program adheres to the standards set by The American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, the APTA set a vision shared by Arcadia that, by 2020: physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy; that consumers will have direct access to physical therapists in all environments; that physical therapists will be practitioners of choice in clients’ health networks; and, that physical therapists and their assistants will maintain active responsibility for the health of the people they serve, as well as the growth and respect of the physical therapy profession. Arcadia’s entry-level program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Opportunity, Far and Wide

Arcadia University believes that to understand the world students should experience the world, and has become a recognized leader in global education, providing interested students with international opportunities to experience the world as medical professionals. Arcadia's D.P.T. students have options for clinical education across the United States, in England, or the chance to join a service project in Jamaica, Peru or Guatemala.

Prepared, Employed Graduates

With the combined classroom and experiential learning offered throughout the program, Arcadia graduates surpass the national average for passing the licensure examination on the first attempt, and have done so since the program's inception. So admired is Arcadia’s program and its licensing exam record that U.S. News and World Report ranks it 14th of 210 accredited graduate physical therapy programs, and many graduates are offered their first professional physical therapy job from the connections they made during their clinical experiences.