Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Physical Therapy students and instructor in the cadaver lab

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.

Physical Therapy teaching demonstration

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.


If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Marilyn DeHaven at:


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Admissions Information

Academic Criteria for Progression

Program Outcomes


For Fall 2018, 259 applications were received for freshman admission; 152 of those students were accepted and 60 enrolled in the freshman class. For graduate admissions, 87 applications were received; 6 were offered admission and 5 enrolled in the graduate program.



For the DPT Classes of 2017 & 2018, 92.25% of students who began the graduate program graduated with their cohort.




For the DPT Classes of 2016 & 2017, 100% of graduates who were looking for employment in the field of Physical Therapy were employed within six months of graduation.


The program's 2 year ultimate pass rate for 2016-2017 on the National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE) was 95.24%.




  • 2016: 84.4%
  • 2017: 88.3%
  • 2018: 95.8%




Physical Therapy Clinic

PT Clinic


Our DPT students have the opportunity to work with individuals in the community who are uninsured and underinsured. The students work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.


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:

Physical Therapy Program Video

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