The Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program achieved the status of candidacy from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in November 2014. The DPT is a clinical post-graduate doctoral degree that is 3 years in length and deemed to be the preferred credential for optimally preparing graduates to make significant contributions to the profession. Beginning in the Fall of 2015, the DPT program will be offered in a 4+3 year curricular format. Prospective students with an earned bachelor’s degree from Alvernia or another four-year accredited institution are welcome to apply. A 3+3 year, accelerated format is also available that allows Alvernia students who are admitted as undergraduate freshman into one of 4 majors (Biochemistry, Biology, Healthcare Science, or Psychology) to begin the professional phase of the curriculum in their senior year. Upon maintaining the required GPA and completion of all requirements, these students are guaranteed admission into the program and can expect to complete their undergraduate training and doctoral degree within 6 years. See Alvernia DPT Program's current accreditation status under the "Accreditation" tab.
By the year 2020, physical therapy will be provided by Doctors of Physical Therapy, who are recognized by consumers and other healthcare professionals as an entry-point into the healthcare system. The physical therapist will be responsible for evaluating and managing an individual's movement system across the lifespan to promote optimal development; diagnose impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions; and provide interventions targeted at preventing or ameliorating activity limitations and participation restrictions. The movement system is the core of physical therapist practice, education, and research. Educators will seek to propagate the highest standards of teaching and learning, supporting collaboration and innovation throughout academia. Researchers will collaborate with clinicians to expand available evidence and translate it into practice, conduct comparative effectiveness research, standardize outcome measurement, and participate in interprofessional research teams. The physical therapy profession will advocate for patients/clients/consumers both as individuals and as a population, in practice, education, and research settings to manage and promote change, adopt best practice standards and approaches, and ensure that systems are built to be consumer-centered."1
As an Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate, you will be prepared to engage in evidence-based clinical care, understand your rights and responsibilities as a member of a doctoring profession, and possess the required knowledge and skill to change the lives of those whom you serve. Consistent with the vision of the American Physical Therapy Association and Alvernia University, the DPT Program endeavors to develop graduates who are "ethical leaders with moral courage" and prepared to assume a leadership role in addressing the health-related concerns that society faces.
The profession of Physical Therapy appeals to people who enjoy physical activity, service to others, and interactive therapeutic relationships. They make a positive difference in the lives of individuals who have impairments in mobility by helping to prevent, restore, or resolve dysfunctional conditions.
More than 120,000 physical therapists are licensed in the United States today, treating nearly one million people every day. Physical Therapists are employed in a variety of practice settings which include, but are not limited to, orthopaedic outpatient clinics, acute care hospital-based facilities, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation hospitals, sports medicine centers, research institutions, long-term care facilities, pediatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, transitional care units, school-based facilities, and home health care.
The profession of Physical Therapy was considered the 8th best job in America in 2012 with an expected 40% increase in job opportunities by the year 2020 with an anticipated 77,000 new job opportunities. (US News and World Report, 2/27/12) A 30% increase in job opportunities is expected between 2008 and 2018. (US Department of Labor, 2010-2011). Physical Therapy is considered one of the best jobs for “fast growth” ranked #2 in 2011 and ranked #4 on the “Best Jobs in America” list in 2010. (CNNMoney.com)
The Alvernia DPT Program features the following:
For more information about our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, contact the School of Graduate Studies at 1-888-ALVERNIA (1-888-258-3764, ext. 6), 610-796-5187, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective November 12, 2014, the Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.
Students interested in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program from Reading, Pottsville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Kutztown, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs can gain the educational experience that seeks to prepare the next generation of physical therapists.
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