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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.

2nd year students reflect on work with SCIs and Stroke

Stroke - DPT 2nd year students spent the fall semester working closely with members of our community who have suffered a stroke. They were tasked with helping these members reach goals centralized...

Binder-Macleod receives McMillan Award

UDPT's Stuart Binder-Macleod, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA selected to present the 51st Annual Mary Mcmillan lecture, at APTA's 2020 NEXT conference and exposition in Phoenix, Arizona (June 2020). Read more

Hicks appointed to APTA Board of Directors

Gregory Hicks, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, has been appointed by the APTA Board of Directors (Board) to complete the leadership term of Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, MBA, MA, following her death in June this...

UD Physical Therapy Clinic Celebrates 25 years

The University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in the basement of McKinly Lab more than 25 years ago. Read more

UD Physical Therapy to the Rescue

It has been more than 20 years since Tonya Avent, AS96, soaked up UD life as an undergrad. But after her daughter  Kennedi suffered a serious knee injury while trying to qualify for the National...


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.


The Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic is the State’s premier outpatient clinic. Located at the University of Delaware, the clinic provides a unique environment where physical therapists, students, and researchers work together to implement cutting-edge treatment to patients from the University and the surrounding community. We are open to the public!


The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy has active research programs funded by both national (e.g.-National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education) and local (e.g.-University of Delaware Research Foundation, UNIDEL) agencies.

Our faculty are actively engaged in the University’s extensive Undergraduate Research Program and mentor a large number of undergraduates in research throughout the year. During the summer, many of the undergraduate researchers in physical therapy labs are part of the Science and Engineering Research Scholars Program and the Peter White Fellowships.

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; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 302-831-8910 or email Please visit our Student Outcomes page for information on graduation rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate over the most recent two years. The University of Delaware also offers credentialed residencies in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurology, and acute care. 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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