Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

School of Physical Therapy

Location: Worcester
Start Term: Fall

Develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for a competitive career in physical therapy practice.

Maximize Movement. Improve Quality of Life.

In this full-time, three-year doctoral program on the Worcester campus, work with expert faculty who are certified specialists in their respective fields to gain knowledge, skills, and a robust network. You’ll interact with patients in clinical settings and at our on-campus Balance, Movement, and Wellness Center. After sitting for the PT licensing exam, you can begin your career in any number of roles and environments, from physical therapy practice to patient education to research. The program starts in the fall. If you haven’t yet earned your undergraduate degree, we offer accelerated pathway programs.

Your Three-Year Journey

Work closely with expert faculty and put your new knowledge and skills to the test at field placements in hospitals, clinics, schools, and community-based settings. All students become members of the American Physical Therapy Association while enrolled in the program.

First-Year Experience

  • gain foundational knowledge in anatomy and acute care
  • begin providing physical therapy to members of the community
  • build on classroom learning with integrated clinical experiences 

Second-Year Experience

  • learn to improve patients’ strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and overall wellness through classes that focus on patients’ individual needs
  • gain hands-on experience working in specialty clinics, post-surgical management, and intensive care settings
  • provide care to real patients in our on-campus, pro-bono Balance, Movement, and Wellness Center 

Third-Year Experience

  • participate in three full-time, off-campus clinical education experiences
  • spend 10 weeks each in an outpatient orthopedic setting and a complex medical setting
  • devote another 10 weeks to a setting of personal interest to you

Learn more about undergraduate pathways to a career in Physical Therapy.

Explore Research Opportunities

The MCPHS Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program gives you a chance to explore unique research projects that may shape your career.

Treat Injuries and Optimize Movement

Diagnose and treat the wide variety of physical conditions you will encounter in today’s intense clinical settings.

Integrated Clinical Experiences

The MCPHS DPT program ensures early and frequent hands-on learning by immersing students in real-world clinical settings within the first month of the program, providing invaluable practical experience and fostering early development of essential clinical skills.

Robust Academic Resources

Students enrolled in the DPT program gain access to both expert faculty and peer tutors, offering students the resources and guidance to thrive academically.

Increasing opportunity

Potential job growth for the physical therapy profession is 22% by 2028.

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Two women in Physical Therapy

What’s the difference between PT and OT?

Physical therapy versus occupational therapy—how are they different? Bottom line: PT focuses on improving patients’ ability to move their bodies whereas OT focuses on improving patients’ ability to perform everyday activities.

Undergraduate Pathways to a Career in Physical Therapy

A doctoral degree is necessary to be licensed as a physical therapist, but if you have not yet earned your undergraduate degree, we offer accelerated pathways that enable you to earn both a bachelor’s and a doctoral degree in six years.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

Six-year, full-time program—three at the Boston campus and three in Worcester.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

Six-year, full-time program—three at the Boston campus and three in Worcester.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

Six-year, full-time program—three at the Boston campus and three in Worcester.

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