Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical therapists examine, evaluate, diagnose and treat patients using physical intervention to improve or restore movement. The doctorate in physical therapy program (DPT) program is an entry-level program (first professional degree) for persons who wish to become physical therapists.
Outstanding high school graduates may apply for a guaranteed seat in the DPT program as they apply for undergraduate admission at The University of Scranton. The program is very competitive with over 800 applications for approximately 45 seats.
Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience
–American Physical Therapy Association
Why Physical Therapy is in Demand:
- Employment for physical therapists is projected to grow by 34% between 2014 and 2024, much higher than the national average. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- While many physical therapists practice in general medical and surgical hospitals, the majority of physical therapists work in offices of other health practiciones, providing a wide range of career opportunities. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- With the aging of the “Baby Boomer” population, there will be increased demand for physical therapists.
- In addition to treating traditional conditions such as heart attacks, strokes or injuries, physical therapists are increasingly needed to help manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.
Is it for me?
- Motivated to help people?
- A problem-solver?
- Ready for a challenging and rewarding academic program and career?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Physical Therapy Doctorate
“I did apply to a number of other schools, but I knew from the moment I visited that Scranton was where I wanted to go. Scranton felt like home.”
Angela Stolfi, Classes of 1996, 1997, 2006
Director of Physical Therapy at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation
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Where will a doctorate in physical therapy take me?
In the past three years, University of Scranton DPT graduates have reported 95 to 100 percent employment (University statistics). Annual starting salaries for Scranton-educated PTs average $65,000 (2014 statistics).
Faculty members receive rave review from employers who are pleased with graduates and their level of knowledge, experience and confidence.
Here are some examples of PT jobs depending on your interests:
- Clinical administrators/supervisors
You’ll find Scranton graduates working for a wide range of companies and organizations. We have many of our physical therapy alumni leading prestigious institutions & departments throughout the country. This includes; Angela Stolfi at NYU Hospital.
Here are a few examples of our powerful alumni network comprising over 750 PT graduates.
- LTC Jason Silvernail PT, DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT, Class of 1997, is the Chief of PT Services at Walter Reed National Military Center.
- Laura Prosser, Class of 2001, is a Research Scientist at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.
- Rachel Tromellen, Class of 2003, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
- Janette Scardillo PT, DPT, CBIS, Class of 2006, is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Thomas Jefferson University.
During my time at Scranton, I sat through classes, participated in community-based learning and met great people who would all help to prepare me for such a rewarding career.
Meghan Durney, Class of 2015
Physical Therapist, NYU Lutheran
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Scranton physical therapy faculty members represent a broad range of disciplines, giving students the opportunity to learn from experts in specialties like geriatrics, sports medicine, anatomy, cardio pulmonary PT, women’s health, fall prevention, pediatrics and kinesiology/human movement.
Because of the extensive internship experience, students have learned to work directly with patients in clinical settings. They have practiced in a variety of environments and under the supervision of diverse supervisors. Faculty members are committed to getting to know students individually and are able to mentor graduates as they transition into full-time professional positions.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Scranton is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), giving the degree additional credibility worldwide.