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Grand Valley State University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree is offered through the university's College of Health Professions and is designed to prepare its graduates for entry-level physical therapy practice.

Our classes are offered in a variety of educational styles from traditional lecture format to small collaborative problem-based learning groups to clinical experience. Our faculty continually evolve their teaching methods to best suit the students while also challenging them. Our program is dedicated to evidence-based learning and practice with all faculty involved in research and many continue to practice clinically.

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Professional. The program values student commitment to learning, interpersonal skills, communication skills, effective use of time and resources, problem solving, professionalism and more.

Convenient. The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences puts students in the heart of Grand Rapids near the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center, and other health care providers.

Personal. Built on doctoral core requirements but designed to meet individual career goals in research and practice, in health and allied health programs.

Successful. Greater than 98% pass rate for Grand Valley graduates taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) over the past 25 years.


The Doctorate of Physical Therapy admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

Courses Offered

The D.P.T. in physical therapy requires 120 credits over 3 consecutive years.

See the full course list.