Arcadia University’s hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares aspiring physical therapists to become the next generation of innovative, patient-centered practitioners.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Arcadia’s on-campus DPT program is ranked in the top 10 percent of all DPT programs in the country.¹
The hybrid curriculum is designed by world-renowned faculty from the College of Health Sciences at Arcadia and is an extension of the top-25 ranked on-campus program.
Through a mix of online sessions, on-campus immersions, and clinical education experiences, students have hands-on opportunities to apply classroom instruction throughout the program. Students will spend eight weeks in an inpatient or outpatient setting, under the mentorship of a licensed physical therapist, and take part in a 24-week, full-time clinical internship.
Our curriculum specifically prepares graduates to pursue licensure and sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). For the last four years, 100 percent of on-campus students passed the NPTE, with more than 95 percent of students passing on the first attempt. The employment rate of the same program graduates was 100 percent.²
Multiple faculty have received excellence in teaching awards, are published in peer-reviewed journals/textbooks, hold elected and appointed positions in professional associations, and have funded research. Additionally, three members of our faculty have been recognized as Fellows of the American Physical Therapy Association, the highest honor awarded to members of the profession.
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Each course of the patient-focused curriculum is built so that students can immediately apply the material to the patient, enabling them to develop their skills as they advance through the program.
By combining the accessibility of online classes with in-person clinical experiences, Arcadia's hybrid DPT program enables you to learn in a highly collaborative and engaging setting while delivering valuable hands-on experience.
Connect with an admissions counselor and find out how the online, hybrid model can prepare you to become a skilled, service-orientated physical therapist.
¹ U.S. News & World Report, Best Physical Therapy Schools, Ranked in 2020. https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/physical-therapy-rankings ↑
² Arcadia DPT on-campus program outcomes from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. https://www.arcadia.edu/college-health-sciences/departments-faculty/physical-therapy/doctor-physical-therapy/program-outcome ↑