Physical Therapy 4+D.P.T. Program

Leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree

About the Physical Therapy 4+D.P.T. Program

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This is a 4+D.P.T. year pathway leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree from Arcadia University. Students frequently pursue an undergraduate major in a discipline such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Business or Health Administration, but students can choose any major that captures their interest and that enables them to complete the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite courses needed for graduate-level study include Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Statistics.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) advocates a strong liberal arts background and doctoral training. Its Vision Statement says that by 2020, physical therapy “will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy and who may be board-certified specialists.” The 4+D.P.T. year program offered by Arcadia University—four years of study leading to a bachelor’s degree plus approximately 3 years of graduate study leading to a Doctor of Physical Therapy—meets these recommendations.

The Pre-Physical Therapy program emphasizes the sciences but also includes a well-rounded background in the liberal arts. This combination prepares students for a health-care profession in helping people to overcome the effects of disease and injury and in the prevention of health problems.

Students who complete the program are prepared to work as physical therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sports medicine centers, private homes, nursing homes, schools, private practices, specialized pediatric facilities, and wellness and fitness centers. They also can work as educators, researchers and consultants in a wide variety of organizations.

Students are strongly urged to work closely with the adviser from the chosen major to coordinate the requirements of the major and the prerequisite courses for graduate-level professional work. It is expected that the prerequisite courses listed below are taken at Arcadia University.

Liaison to the Undergraduate Departments: Dr. Scott K. Stackhouse, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

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