Doctor of Physical Therapy
Discover quality education at an unbeatable value with the Marshall DPT Program.
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Priced 15-17% lower than the national average for physical therapy schools, the School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University offers a dynamic and comprehensive education for aspiring physical therapists.

Known for our commitment to excellence in both academics and clinical practice, our program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and clinical experience necessary to thrive in the field of physical therapy.

With a focus on evidence-based practice and hands-on learning, students engage in a rigorous curriculum taught by experienced faculty who are dedicated to fostering professional growth and success. Faculty have clinical specialization in acute care, geriatric, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, sport and more.

Students graduate prepared to make a meaningful impact in improving the health and quality of life of individuals across diverse populations.

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The 2024-25 Application Cycle Opens in June 2024

The School of Physical Therapy at Marshall University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service and applicants will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process for our DPT program, please visit PTCAS website.

Career Outlook
Join One of the Fastest-Growing Occupations
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • DPT graduates are employed in roles such as: Practice Physical Therapy (Hospital, Outpatient Facility, Athletic Field, Rehabilitation Facility, Skilled Nursing, School System, Traveling Therapist).
  • Marshall University School of Physical Therapy boasts a 100% employment rate.
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Program Highlights
Employment Flexibility

Students who graduate from the Marshall University SOPT and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination are eligible for Physical Therapy Licensure in all 50 states.

Pass Rate

The Class of 2023 has a 95.8% first-time pass rate for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Quality Faculty

One of the highest concentrations of faculty members who are board-certified specialists in their areas of teaching expertise.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marshall University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity. (http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/) In reviewing and acting on a complaint, CAPTE cannot and does not function as an arbiter between the complaint and the institution. Should CAPTE find that a complaint has merit and that the program is out of compliance with the Evaluative Criteria or the integrity statement(s), CAPTE can only require the program to come into compliance with the Evaluative Criteria. CAPTE cannot force a program into any specific resolution of the situation that resulted in the complaint. Students or other interested parties may file a formal complaint about a PT program with CAPTE at any time. To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at accreditation@apta.org.

Marshall University is a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) which supports academic institutions to strive for excellence in physical therapist education. We encourage faculty, clinical educators, academic administrators and students interested in pursuing teaching to check out acapt.org.

Marshall University is accredited as an institution of higher learning by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456.Fax: 312.263.7462; info@hlcommission.org; 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413) The program has received approval from the Marshall Board of Governors to offer the DPT program, and program approval from the North Central Higher Learning Commission.

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