Department of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a hands-on profession. Through Saint Joseph’s University’s Department of Physical Therapy, your practical, hands-on clinical experience starts in year one. You’ll learn by doing with expert instruction from doctorally trained, clinically-certified specialists.

When you increase someone’s mobility, you restore their quality of life. The Department of Physical Therapy empowers you to make a major difference as a movement specialist trained in evidence-based techniques that optimize patients’ function, health and wellbeing. We offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which features an accelerated curriculum built on the Movement System Framework. The program prepares you to practice independently and work collaboratively in diverse healthcare environments. There are three pathways to Saint Joseph’s DPT:

three pathways to physical therapy


Direct Entry 

Direct Entry 

Join us as an incoming first-year student and earn two degrees in under six years without having to re-apply.




Transfer into our undergraduate curriculum and enter the professional phase without taking GREs or re-applying.




After earning your bachelor’s degree, apply to the program and complete your doctorate in 31 months over eight semesters.


Employment rate in clinics, hospitals, office settings and more.


Of Saint Joseph’s DPT graduates pass the licensure exam (FSBPT 2022-2023).


Number of full-time clinical practice sites available to Saint Joseph’s PT students.

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