Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program


DPT Program Director

Dr. Christopher Wise, Director of DPT Program
Dr. Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT
DPT Program Director and
Associate Professor of
Physical Therapy

    Upland Center
    540 Upland Avenue
    Reading, Pennsylvania 19611

    Phone: 610-230-5708

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program -- currently in *precandidacy stage with achievement of candidacy expected in early 2014 -- is a clinical, post-graduate doctoral degree (3 years) and the preferred credential for graduates who will immediately make significant contributions to the profession... 

Beginning in the fall of 2015, our DPT will be offered in a 4 + 3 year curricular format -- prospective students with a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply.

In-Demand Education

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, physical therapists are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 77,400 physical therapy openings by 2020, a 39 percent increase, which outpaces national average.

Teaching Excellence

Our DPT core faculty have over 80 years of combined clinical experience and represent several areas of specialty practice within the profession. Students learn from professors who currently practice, publish and impart contemporary and cutting-edge practices.

Success Made Affordable

We are committed to helping students find the best ways to finance your education. You’ll find there are many options our Student Financial Planning Office provides to help make your tuition more affordable. For detailed information on tuition costs, please visit our FAQ page.

Program at a Glance

  • Graduate program (4+3 year program) first cohort starts Fall 2015
  • Undergraduate program (3+3 year program) starting Fall 2015
  • Choice of electives allowing for specialty-practice learning experiences
  • Comprehensive examination, which prepares students for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)
  • Early and frequent clinical education immersion, which begins in the first semester of the program
  • Performance-based physical therapy education, which focuses on the practical application of knowledge and the development of clinical skills
  • Opportunities for multi-disciplinary educational experiences with students from OT, nursing, behavioral health, athletic training, medical imaging, and healthcare science, among others
  • Active community engagement and service through various initiatives in the nearby city of Reading


The DPT program is easily accessible to professionals and students from Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, Kutztown, Philadelphia and regions along the East Coast. On-campus housing is available for DPT students.

Upcoming 3 + 3 Option

A 3 + 3 year option is expected be available in the Fall of 2015. This option would allow Alvernia students who are admitted as undergraduate into Healthcare Science, Biology, or Psychology to begin the professional phase of the curriculum in their senior year. Upon maintaining the required GPA and completion of all requirements, students are guaranteed admission and can expect to complete their undergraduate training and doctoral degree within six years.

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

*Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy on or before June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.

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Alvernia locations in Reading, Pottsville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Blog

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