Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Plymouth State University has developed a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program (see important note below regarding DPT accreditation), making us the first public institution of higher education in New Hampshire to offer the DPT degree. The program features early opportunities for clinical practice sustained throughout the program. This is aligned with the mission and vision of Plymouth State University, including our motto: Ut Prosim (That I may serve).

Students interested in learning more about the program should visit the Department of Physical Therapy website or plan a campus visit.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Professor Sean Collins, PT, ScD, (603) 535-2891.

DPT Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; (703) 706-3245; accreditation@apta.org) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective November 9, 2016, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Plymouth State University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

NOTE: Students admitted and matriculating into the the program in 2017, 2018 and 2019 should be aware that if the program fails to achieve accreditation that they will not be eligible to sit for the licensure examination to practice physical therapy.

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

Curriculum Requirements
The Department of Physical Therapy at Plymouth State University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the entering class which begins in June 2020 will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning fall 2019. To learn more about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org.

    • Graduates will be: 
      1. Competent, autonomous and collaborative Doctors of Physical Therapy that are prepared to provide evidence guided, knowledge based physical therapy practice to positively impact people’s lives and transform society as agents of change in their communities.
      2. Prepared as health team leaders and advocates for innovation in the profession while being respectful, culturally sensitive and socially responsible.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships available for DPT students. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for DPT students is assessed on a flat per semester rate. Click here for current rates.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.