Applying to Physical Therapy Programs

Physical therapy is a rewarding and demanding field. In the United States, practicing physical therapists must earn their degrees from a CAPTE-accredited school. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is 3 years in length and is the program available to new students. Master of Physical Science in Therapy and Master of Physical Therapy degrees are no longer available to new students in the United States. The American Physical Therapy Association maintains a list of CAPTE-accredited programs.

Most DPT programs require an undergraduate degree, but some offer 3+3 programs, where individuals may enter DPT programs after three years of undergraduate work. Rare DPT programs accept high school students.