Doctor of Physical Therapy

Plymouth State University is the first public institution of higher education in New Hampshire to offer a fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Early opportunities for clinical practice sustained throughout the program aligns with the mission and vision of Plymouth State University, including our motto: Ut Prosim (That I may serve).

Graduates will be positioned to enter the field ready to practice and for life-long learning, leadership, innovation, and transformation.

The DPT Program is a 117-graduate-credit program run in a cohort-based model beginning in early June each year.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Plymouth State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (603) 535-2897 or email bacrane1@plymouth.edu.

The mission of the Physical Therapy Program is to provide a vibrant scholarly community for physical therapy in New Hampshire through teaching, research, service, and practice, contributing to the American Physical Therapy Association’s vision of “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” The program’s focus is on the education of physical therapists to serve the community in the fields of movement and rehabilitation to provide competent care as autonomous providers, leaders, collaborative team members, and innovators while being respectful, culturally sensitive, and socially responsible.

It truly is an exciting time for physical therapy at Plymouth State University. The profession is embracing a grand vision put forward by the American Physical Therapy Association and is seeking to “transform society through movement to improve the human experience.” We hope to achieve this transformation with the realization and identification of the human movement system and the physical therapist’s ability to provide perspective on movement across the lifespan, with distinctive knowledge to help individuals achieve their goals and ability to participate in society.

Our curriculum features combined innovative approaches, including on-campus clinical practice opportunities with program faculty and the broader campus and local community; clear and explicit opportunities to integrate conceptual knowledge and practical skills that are developing throughout the program; and a focus on several fundamental concepts for physical therapy practice including the movement system, causation and reasoning, systems thinking, and adaptation.

We look forward to answering your questions about our program and hope you can join us in an upcoming cohort.

Dr. Barbara Crane, PhD, PT, ATP/SMS, Program Director

Panther Physical Therapy (PantherPT) is a pro bono clinic that offers free physical therapy services to members of the Plymouth community. The clinic is run and managed by the doctoral students of the Plymouth State University DPT program. Under the guidance of a full-time clinical assistant professor, students assume the responsibility of evaluating and treating patients to develop and refine their clinical decision making and hands-on skills.