Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) at Grand Valley State University

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 faculty members. A doctoral degree is held by 13 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.

SAVE THE DATE: Invitation to the 13th Annual Grand Valley State University Doctorate in Physical Therapy Research Day 
The GVSU Physical Therapy Faculty and DPT Graduating Class of 2019 cordially invite you to attend Annual DPT Research Day to be held on Friday, July 12th, 2019 (8:30-3:00 pm) at Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Downtown DeVos Campus. Please join us as our DPT Graduating Class 2019 shares their research with the community and our clinical partners.
Link here for the 2019 the program schedule with times and titles of the presentations. 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.
We are pleased to announce that GVSU will offer 5 CEU’s for this event for a $10.00 fee paid on Research Day.

Welcome Letter from the Chair of the PT Department

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 616-331- 5675 or email Dr. Dan Vaughn at

Grand Valley State University’s physical therapy program received it’s initial accreditation in May of 1985. It’s most recent accreditation visit was November 11, 2014. GVSU is fully accredited through June 30, 2023. Our next accreditation visit will occur in 2022. The degree conferred by the GVSU Department of Physical Therapy is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245





$88,000 - $102,860


The median annual wage for physical therapists was $86,850 in May 2017. The highest 10 percent earned more than $122,650. Michigan is one of the top states for wages with annual mean wage of physical therapists is $88,000 - $102,860. The employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. GVSU graduates become physical therapists and work in the following areas:

  • Acute care hospitals
  • Athletic teams
  • Centers for the disabled
  • Home health care
  • Outpatient offices
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Research centers
  • Schools


  • 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

The Physical Therapy Department at Grand Valley State University has partnered with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide students an opportunity for a residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy , Pediatric Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

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


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Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory (BMPL)

Students have access to the BMPL that includes state-of-the-art equipment that permits analysis of strength performance and movement, 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

Faculty and student in Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory


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