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A physical therapy student getting her doctorate at Grand Valley State University. Photos taken safely and responsibly.

Physical Therapy, D.P.T.

Physical therapists provide services that enhance functional independence and address all types of movement disorders or limitations.


11%
U.S. Job Growth

Job opportunities in the physical therapy field are expected to grow 10% in the U.S. by 2026.

7%
Michigan Job Growth

Job opportunities in the physical therapy field are expected to grow 7% in Michigan by 2026.

5,000+
Michigan Job Opportunities in 2021

There were 5,267 physical therapy opportunities in Michigan in 2021. 23% above the national average.


Source: EMSI, 2022

Program Overview

Admission to the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program (D.P.T.) is competitive and requires students to have a bachelor's degree. Students must also complete prerequisite courses and obtain a minimum of 20 hours of work, volunteer, and/or job shadow experience in physical therapy prior to admission. In addition, students must have two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from a physical therapist. Please see the gvsu.edu/pt website for any important updates and/or changes.

Please consult with Grand Valley State University's graduate admissions department if you have any questions.

Why Study Physical Therapy at Grand Valley?

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Details