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Physical Therapy

Bringing motion to life.

When patients have an injury or disease that affects their mobility, you get them moving again. With your expertise in how the human body functions, you can help an injured athlete run again. Help a bedridden stroke patient get on their feet and carry out daily life. Or teach a child how to walk again after an accident. And you’ll educate them on how to prevent loss of mobility and live a healthier, more active life.

Become a highly skilled physical therapist.

Working with the latest technology, you’ll learn to how to mobilize a joint or strengthen muscles to promote proper movement and function. You’ll work one-on-one with patients to help them move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. And you’ll graduate as a health professional fully prepared to diagnose and treat the wide variety of physical conditions encountered in today’s intense clinical settings.

Looking for an undergraduate pathway to Physical Therapy? Three exciting pathway options allows highly motivated students to earn a combined Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years. Check out our Health Psychology: Physical Therapy Pathway, Health Sciences: Physical Therapy Pathway, and Public Health: Physical Therapy Pathway programs.

Questions about our physical therapy program? Connect with our Worcester Admission Office at 508.373.5607.

To be a national leader in the design and delivery of innovative and collaborative professional and post-professional education in physical therapy

Doctor of  Physical Therapy

The School of Physical Therapy program at MCPHS University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 508-373-5741 or email





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  • Develop knowledge and performance of contemporary physical therapy practice that is safe, legal, ethical, effective and compassionate which includes screening, examination, evaluation, physical therapy diagnosis, development of the plan of care, intervention and assessment of outcomes (practice)
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and interactions (professional behavior)
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through writing, listening and speech (communication)
  • Adapt delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patient's differences, values, preferences and needs (cultural competency)
  • Demonstrate technological ability to access information and demonstrate basic skills in research methodology that will allow the graduates to evaluate data and draw conclusions for relevance to practice (evidence-based practice skills)
  • Develop critical thinking skills by making professional and practice decisions, through analysis of data relevant to their practice (critical thinking)
  • Educate others regarding physical therapy practice, prevention, health and wellness using relevant and effective teaching methodologies (education)
  • Manage resources to achieve physical therapy goals while understanding economic factors that impact the delivery of service (resource management)
  • Provide autonomous care and appropriately address patients' needs for services with the use of support services and/or outside referral (autonomous practice)
  • Participate in interprofessional collaboration and consultation in order to achieve better outcomes including health promotion in a constantly changing health care environment (interprofessional/consultation)
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning in physical therapy, through scholarship and participation in professional organizations, exchanges, and/or development (life- long learning)
  • Demonstrate commitment to the current and future needs of local and global communities through service (service)

Physical Therapy Careers

Physical therapy student watching patient on treadmill using computer assistance.

Physical therapists can pursue a variety of clinical and nonclinical career opportunities.


OT vs PT: What's the Difference?

Physical therapist working with patient.

The two programs both fall within the rehabilitative sciences and share many similarities, however, there are distinct differences in the approach each takes with a patient's rehabilitative care.