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Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T)

Grand Valley State University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree is offered through the university's College of Health Professions. Physical therapists are valued for their ability to evaluate, diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of human movement in a wide variety of clinical and community settings. The GVSU Department of Physical Therapy features 15 full-time and one part-time faculty members. A doctoral degree is held by 12 of those faculty members and 11 hold advanced clinical practice certifications. The Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley State University is well situated along the Medical Mile in Grand Rapids and enjoys an outstanding reputation among its students and in the community. 

Welcome Letter from the Chair of the PT Department

ANNOUNCEMENT OF EVENT: The GVSU Physical Therapy Faculty and DPT Graduating Class of 2017 cordially invite you to attend the 11th Annual DPT Research Day to be held on Friday, July 21st, 2017 (8:30-3:30 pm) at Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Downtown DeVos Campus (located on Fulton at Winter). Please join us as our DPT Graduating Class 2017 shares their research with the community and our clinical partners. This link provides the entire program schedule with times and titles of presentations: /cms4/asset/8D477B3A-B7DC-AD72-BB198B341CA03C3E/dpt_research_day_2017_save_the_date.schedule.doc.   We invite you to attend all or part of the day as your schedule allows. Research Posters will be on display all day. We appreciate your ongoing support for our students and our program. “The DPT Research Day has been approved for up to 6.5 PDR’s by the Grand Valley State University Department of Physical Therapy.” There is a $10 fee for those who wish to receive PDU certification. For more information about other programs offered for professional development please go to this website:


Application Process

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The program utilizes the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS) for the application process. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit application materials 4-6 weeks prior to October 15 to allow for PTCAS processing time. Learn more about the application process. 

Why Study Physical Therapy at Grand Valley?

Experiential. The integrated curriculum allows students to use the skills that they learn in the classroom in a variety of clinical experiences.

Individualized. Advanced topic electives offered in the last semester of the program allow for students to focus their courses on their interests.

Competitive. The Physical Therapy program at GVSU has received national recognition by the US News and World Report.

Related Programs

GVSU PT Department has partnered with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide students an opportunity for a residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Another related program offered by GVSU's College of Business is the  Seidman M.B.A. with an emphasis in Health Sector Management

See all GVSU Graduate Programs

Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory (BMPL)

Students have access to the BMPL's state-of-the-art hardware and software that permits the analysis of strength performance, movement analysis, muscle selectivity, and dynamic and static balance. Effective collaboration among faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students from physical therapy, movement science, and engineering facilitates the exploration of a wide variety of interdisciplinary research questions related to human movement. Visit the BMPL website to learn more


Student Spotlight

Crystal Lamb

Crystal Lamb's commitment to serving diverse, underrepresented and underserved individuals in her profession was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association in June 2016. Read more about Crystal and other PT Student Achievements.