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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. 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 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. Click to read a Welcome Letter from the Chair of the PT Department.

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

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.


Applications should come through the PTCAS system - see the APPLY NOW button on this page or go to

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

Courses Offered

The D.P.T. in physical therapy requires 119 credits over 3 consecutive years.

See the full course list.


Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. Visit the financial aid office webpage for tuition and fees

Related Programs

Exciting news! GVSU PT Department has partnered with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide students opportunities for residencies in Neurologic and Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Another related program is offered by GVSU's College of Business.

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