Arcadia’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Allows Margie Abad ’24DPT to Pursue Degree from Native Philippines

By Emily Horowitz | February 2, 2023
Photo of Margie Abad ’24DPT on the job in a hospital in the Philippines

Margie Abad ’24DPT looks forward to being a physical therapist in the U.S. As a student in Arcadia University’s transitional doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, she’s practicing and teaching PT in the Philippines, more than 8,000 miles from Arcadia’s main campus in Glenside, Pa. 

Years after earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the City of Manila in 2012, Abad “decided to pursue this postgraduate degree at Arcadia University because of its proven excellence in this field and its online program that could help me and other students from other countries finish the program while practicing their profession.” Abad is the chief physical therapist at the Hospital of the Infant Jesus Medical Center as well as a part-time Physical Therapy faculty member at San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation.

Other factors that led to her decision to advance her career at Arcadia included the program’s “motivated, enthusiastic, and passionate” faculty and the professional growth and skills advancement she has seen from others who have completed the TDPT program.

When not taking classes, both synchronously and asynchronously, or working, Abad enjoys traveling around the Philippines and biking with fellow bikers in the community.