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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 after an accident how to walk again. 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 in our renowned clinic, you’ll learn to how to mobilize a joint or muscle 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? We offer two dual degree programs leading to a combined BS/DPT. Check out our Health Psychology, Physical Therapy Pathway and Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Pathway programs.

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

Immersive Clinical Education

Featuring advanced equipment and a variety of clinical technologies, our on-campus clinics allow students to treat members of the community.

Modern Facilities

Our on-campus clinical simulation laboratory features complete medical surgical, pediatric and critical care units to learn in a safe, controlled environment.

Early Introduction

Physical therapy students begin seeing patients during their first semester and progressively increase their time in clinic during their entire curriculum at MCPHS.

Varied Clinical Education

In addition to our on-campus clinic, students gain real-world experience in selected hospitals, clinics, schools, and community-based settings.

Interprofessional Education

Students gain a more well-rounded education through inter-professional activities, preparing them for successful future careers as PTs in integrative healthcare settings.

Combined Baccalaureate/Doctorate Program

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.

Focus on Professional Behavior

Professional appearance is an essential component of the professional programs on the Worcester and Manchester campuses of MCPHS University.

Doctorate Degree

A Doctor of Physical Therapy is the degree required to be eligible for the PT licensing examination and to begin your career as a physical therapist.

A field of growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapists is expected to grow at a much faster rate than many other occupations, with a potential 34% increase in jobs needed by 2024. This growth is partly driven by an aging population, who may require rehabilitation after heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses often associated with advanced age, as well as involvement with chronic conditions including diabetes and obesity.


With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance in the field of physical therapy. Clinical education experiences are varied so that students are prepared as leaders in the field. Employment opportunities include hospitals, private practices, public health departments, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, employer settings, and nursing homes.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapists was $82,390 in May 2015, with the highest 10 percent earning $116,090.

Job satisfaction

Physical Therapists rank #12 in the U.S. News’ list of the Best Health Care Jobs of 2016 and #14 in U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2016. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors, including salary, the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities and career fulfillment.

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See our physical therapy program in action and watch faculty and students at work.

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Student Spotlight: Scott Koningswood DPT ’19

RA and Physical Therapy student Scott Koningswood.

As an RA and student in the Physical Therapy program, Koningswood is always in motion.

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