Boston University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
635 Commonwealth Avenue Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Programs in Physical Therapy, 635 Commonwealth Avenue Boston MA 02215 United States
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This page is intended for college graduates ONLY. High school or college transfer students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Boston University is designed to educate you, as a physical therapist, to be an expert in the human movement system. We use a functional systems approach to assess human movement that then drives the subsequent comprehensive physical therapy examination and intervention. Our goal is to help you become a lifelong learners, critical thinkers, evidence-based practitioners, ethical care givers and an effective clinicians who will creatively and successfully meet the challenges of the evolving health care system. Our faculty includes movement specialists who are master clinicians with APTA clinical specialization certification who continue to practice clinically. Many of our faculty are also world-renowned rehabilitation researchers who bring their expertise and passion to the classroom. 

Evidence based practice is a core value of our physical therapy program, as are health promotion, wellness, and prevention of injury or disease. The design of the curriculum fully prepares you as generalist, able to pursue a career in any clinical practice setting. As a generalist, you will be equipped with the skills to become the practitioner of choice for alterations in the human movement system and a principal members of the health care team. We believe that this approach to physical therapy education insures quality care for any and all persons who seek the services of a physical therapist. Advanced physical therapist educational experiences also exist within our department in the form of a fellowship program in the area of manual orthopaedic physical therapy as well as a residency program in the area of neurologic physical therapy and we are developing a residency in orthopedic physical therapy. 

Our 3 year, full time, physical therapy program begins at the end of May. During the first academic year, you will participate in both classroom instruction and clinical education. By spending time with a physical therapist in a local physical therapy site, you are able to contemporaneously apply what you are learning in the classroom to a clinical population. There are also 40 weeks of full time clinical experience interspersed throughout the remaining 2 years of the professional curriculum, which take place at 3 to 4 different locations and settings. 

Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the National PT Licensure Examination. Boston University students are sought after by employers, resulting in a 100% employment rate following graduation. 

Boston University is located on a large University campus with amenities such as a new fitness and recreation center, many varsity and club sports, an active sustainability program and a wide variety of student community service organizations, all housed in a city known for its political, social, academic, arts and theater offerings. Boston is an exciting and vibrant city, which is a hub for innovative medicine. Whether you are interested in cultural events or contemporary venues, sporting franchises or historic attractions, there are always plenty of opportunities on campus or within the city to enjoy time away from the physical therapy program.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
We are pleased to offer a DPT/PhD dual degree for those students who wish to obtain both a clinical degree and a research degree.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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