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The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to advance physical therapist practice by providing outstanding entry-level and post-graduate education, translating science to deliver quality clinical services, leading federally funded rehabilitation research, and training the next generation of rehabilitation researchers and leaders of our profession. The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to educate outstanding entry-level physical therapists who provide excellent physical therapy services, integrate scientific inquiry into their clinical practice and have a well developed sense of professionalism and social responsibility.


For Achilles injuries, ‘everyone is vulnerable’

The dreaded Achilles injury! Physical Therapy assistant professor Karin Grävare Silbernagel and doctoral student Pat Corrigan break down the injury, rehabilitation and their research for Read the...

Tara Jo Manal challenges PT profession to “strike while the iron is hot”

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) posted the full video of the 22nd John H.P. Maley Lecture from this summer’s APTA Annual Conference & Expo. This year’s prestigious presenter was our very own Tara Jo Manal; her presentation “Strike While the Iron...

Physical therapy grad helps Indiana Pacers stay healthy

Athletic trainers and physical therapists prepare (and repair) athletes for the challenges of sports competition. For University of Delaware physical therapy alumnus Carl Eaton, his tall task is to ready his team to compete against some of the greatest athletes in the...

John H.P. Maley Lecture by Tara Jo Manal

Physical therapy cannot move forward as a profession until those who practice it resolve the issue of unwarranted variation in practice. Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, FAPTA, in her delivery of the 22nd John H. P. Maley Lecture was unequivocal in sending this message to the...

Physical Therapy Honor

UD’s Gregory Hicks to chair national board on medical rehabilitation research. The University of Delaware’s Gregory Hicks has been elected to become the chair of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR). Hicks, professor and chair of the...

UD Physical Therapist Manal to deliver Maley Lecture

Tara Jo Manal, University of Delaware Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, will be delivering the 2017 John H.P. Maley Lecture at the NEXT American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass.

Super experience

Physical therapy graduate Mike Akinbola excels with New England Patriots. As a member of the New England Patriots athletic training staff, University of Delaware alumnus Michael Akinbola won big this season. But it wasn’t just the Super Bowl. The National Football...

Alum cites ‘tremendous support’

Feldman tackles double-duty for Philadelphia Eagles and NovaCare Rehabilitation. Two-time University of Delaware alumnus Steve Feldman has a unique job. The physical therapist and athletic trainer spends 75 percent of his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, working...

Outwalking a stroke

“This changes everything.” There are very few times in someone’s life that those words really mean something. Some are moments of joy — the birth of a child, marrying your best friend or purchasing a home. But other times, like in the case of a stroke, those words are...

Healthy Knees

Every year, about 250,000 people in the U.S. sustain injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and about half of these individuals end up having reconstructive surgery. But even more disturbing is that some 30 to 60 percent of those who undergo surgery develop...


“I was just amazed when I walked inside [the STAR Health Sciences Complex]. I had never seen anything like it. I have been to a lot of physical therapies but I feel like your building is what the public really needs. The physical therapists are interested in every case that comes in – you can tell because of the way they talk to you and the way they treat you. You all have helped me a whole lot and I think the treatment is very good. I had had a pain in my shoulder for a long time and I had been getting shots in my shoulder, but your therapist put his hand on my back and showed me the exercises to do with my arms. Now, I don’t have pain in my shoulder anymore. I just feel great that I went there, and overjoyed that I feel back to myself again.”

– Ida Barkley

age 85

UDPT students raised a total of $17,400.13 in the 2016-17 VCU-Marquette Challenge, which pushes their cumulative donation to $100,574.61. UDPT is proud to announce that our students have now entered the Challenge Society Membership. This occurs when cumulative donation reaches $100,000. We are very proud of our students’ hard work and dedication to help advance physical therapy research. Congratulations!

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; emailwebsite. Please visit our Student Outcomes page for information on graduation rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate over the most recent three years. The Department of Physical Therapy also offers qualifying DPT students the option to earn a Master of Science (MS) in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science. Unlike the DPT program, the MS Degree program falls outside the auspice of CAPTE accreditation but is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Further, the University of Delaware offers credentialed residencies in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurology, and acute care. Similarly, CAPTE does not provide oversight or accreditation of residency programs. Our residency programs are accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).



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