About This Program

Are you interested in graduate studies leading to a degree in physical therapy?

You're in the right spot. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program is for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed prerequisite requirements in which students earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in three years.

Are you interested in undergraduate studies leading to a degree in physical therapy?

You're looking for our early assurance/undergraduate entry for students completing high school offering a dual-degree program in which students earn a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years. Learn more about our undergraduate entry program.

Contact

Kathy Pappas
Admissions Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
(413) 748-3590
kpappas2@springfield.edu

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares highly qualified therapists for exemplary professional practice in physical therapy. As a student, you’ll become a physical therapist who is able to recognize and meet existing and emerging health care needs. 

The program seeks to give you values and skills for lifelong learning, ethical behavior in practice, and a commitment to the enrichment and promotion of the physical therapy profession. Courses in anatomy, clinical sciences, organization and delivery of health care, research methodology, and statistics enable you to develop advanced problem-solving skills, a broad knowledge in the science and practice of physical therapy, and a clinically-based understanding of administration, research, and evidence-based practice. Part- and full-time clinical experiences in approved clinical education facilities round out the program. 

Our program offers unique experiences as you learn, such as opportunities to:

  • Engage in service learning as an ambulation assistant in a local hospital during junior year
  • Participate in the on-campus Stroke Exercise Group starting in year one of DPT program
  • Provide clinical services to students who need physical therapy in the campus clinic in year one of DPT program
  • Participate in student physical therapy organization activities, which include DPT students mentoring undergraduate students
  • Attend the American Physical Therapy Association National Student Conclave as a DPT student

Best of all? Our program outcomes back us up. And, from 2011-14, 100 percent of our graduates were employed within six months of taking the National Physical Therapy Exam, so you can feel confident knowing your career is just around the corner.

Hear from our Students

Inspired by her own physical therapist, Nisa Mann decided to follow her passion and study physical therapy at Springfield College.

Nisa shares her experience with her current sports an orthopedics clinical at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, talks about being motivated by faculty, and dives into why she chose Springfield College?

Are you ready for this type of experience?

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Physical Therapy Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Springfield College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 413-748-3590 or email jchevan@springfield.edu

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