Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program


Why Alvernia?

The Mission and Philosophy of the DPT Program matches perfectly with the Mission of Alvernia University.  There are several inherent institutional and programmatic features that make Alvernia well-suited and uniquely equipped to provide a unique educational experience for individuals who desire to become healthcare professionals.  Among them are:

  • Dedication to Active Engagement and Community Service:  Intrinsic to the core values of Alvernia University and the Franciscan principles upon which the university was founded is the central concept of “knowledge joined with love”.  This principle permeates the culture of the university and incites active community engagement.  A variety of service-learning options designed to support the underserved community in which Alvernia resides are available to students of the DPT program. 

  • Opportunity for a Multi-Disciplinary Healthcare Education:  The institution of a Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia is the next logical step to complement the university’s rich history in providing quality healthcare education.  The newly developing DPT Program is added to the list of healthcare programs that are already in high demand.  Alvernia currently offers a rich blend of undergraduate and graduate coursework which includes: Nursing, Behavioral Health, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Medical Imaging, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Pharmacy, and Healthcare Science.  The opportunity for DPT students to learn side by side with students of other disciplines will uniquely prepare them to enter a profession that engenders collegiality in the delivery of patient care.  Students will enter the profession with foundational knowledge of the physical therapist’s unique role within the healthcare continuum.   

  • Commitment to the Development of Expertise in Clinical Practice:  The DPT program at Alvernia embodies a commitment to expertise in physical therapy practice.  DPT faculty continue to be involved in patient care and are supported by the university to pursue the development of clinical skills.  Actual clinical scenarios are routinely integrated throughout the curriculum and support the theoretical constructs presented during class.  Plans to partner with local constituents will serve to ensure that relevant, authentic knowledge that represents current trends in physical therapy practice remains the backbone of the DPT curriculum.  At Alvernia, every academic endeavor will be viewed through the filter of its relevance to actual patient care and the promotion of physical therapy.    

Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review 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.

doctor of physical therapy (dpt) program

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