Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Misericordia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree program provides an education that produces physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers, educated consumers of research, and advocates for life long learning.

As an entry level professional post-baccalaureate program, the physical therapy curriculum reflects a commitment to the complementary relationship between liberal arts and professional studies that enables graduates to adapt and deal with constantly evolving societal and professional needs.

Overview and Highlights:

  • 6-½ year professional program resulting in a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree
  • Students can choose from a variety of disciplines for undergraduate study (pre-DPT)
  • Students accepted into the pre-DPT program as freshmen are guaranteed progression into the DPT program as long as academic criteria are met; there is no need to re-apply to the graduate phase of the program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Misericordia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245

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Academic Criteria for Progression

Program Outcomes

For Fall 2015, 298 applications were received for freshman admission; 158 of those students were accepted and 60 enrolled in the freshman class.

For the MSPT Class of 2012, 93.9% of students beginning the professional phase of the curriculum graduated within 150% of the normal program length.

For the DPT Class of 2014, 95% of graduates were employed in the field of Physical Therapy within six months of graduation.

• The program's 3 year ultimate pass rate for 2011-2013 on the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE) was 95%.


  • 2012: 86.21%
  • 2013: 89.74%
  • 2014: 88.6%

Physical Therapy Clinic

The Physical Therapy faculty have partnered with NovaCare to provide physical therapy services to the community and educational opportunities for Misericordia Physical Therapy students.

For further information, please send an e-mail with details about your physical therapy needs to:

Clubs and Awards


The Physical Therapy Club is a university club under the auspices of the Dean of Students. Membership is open to all physical therapy students at Misericordia University. The club participates in on and off-campus activities, especially those dealing with the needs of individuals who are physically challenged.


There are three Physical Therapy Departmental Awards:

The Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates exemplary potential for success in the profession.

The Physical Therapy Student Achievement Award is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding abilities to successfully complete the physical therapy curriculum in the face of unique life experiences.

The Catherine Perry Wilkinson Leadership Award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates exemplary potential for leadership in the profession.

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