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 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.

Welcome Letter from the Chair of the PT Department


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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