The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program’s mission is to challenge students to think critically, act professionally, and serve altruistically. Our mission directly parallels the foundation of Alvernia University’s mission, guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love”, to develop a culture that values unique, targeted and hands-on learning opportunities which help to form ‘ethical leaders with moral courage’.

The DPT Program endeavors to develop graduates who are life-long learners, reflective professionals, and engaged citizens who use what they know and learn to transform the world and the lives of the people around them through Real World Learning Experiences. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in collaboration with The Holleran Center for Community Engagement, integrates the mission of the University into practice by cultivating and sustaining partnerships on campus and within the community.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy’s servant leadership program, ‘LEADS’ (Leadership through Excellence, Altruism, Determination and Service) was created to cultivate in our students a lifelong commitment to service as engaged citizens and to improve the quality of life in our local and global community. The program includes Service-Learning Experiences (SLE), Co-Curricular Learning (CCL) and Community Service (CS) opportunities. Each opportunity encompasses a different aspect of hands-on learning through service, some involving active engagement in physical therapy intervention and some not, and as such, each requiring of different levels of oversight and liability.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email

For more information regarding the process of accreditation, please contact the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
Phone: 703-706-3245

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