Ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools

University of Delaware (UD) Physical Therapy Program has an excellent reputation and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by US News & World Report.  Ninety-six (96%) percent of admitted students graduate from the program (10-year average). All program graduates have passed the licensing examination. (See CAPTE Commission on the Accreditation of PT Education website for more details).

Highly Qualified Board Certified and Ph.D. Level Faculty

Highly Qualified Board Certified and Ph.D. Level Faculty. UD faculty are not only superb teachers, but they are also excellent clinicians and researchers. Among the faculty are many Board Certified Clinical Specialists who provide outstanding didactic and clinical instruction to students throughout the curriculum. Additionally, these faculty are instrumental in supervising students in clinical research and preparing students’ work for publication. The PhD level faculty perform research in state-of-the-art laboratories and have received major research funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the Whittaker Foundation and the Department of the Army. Faculty research includes the assessment of innovative treatment techniques for persons with sports injuries, in conjunction with the Physical Therapy Clinic, and investigations into how the nervous system controls movement and behavior. Students routinely take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a faculty-lead research projects.

Full Service Out-patient Clinic with Hands-on Student Participation

Unlike any other program in the country UD has TWO full service out-patient Physical Therapy Clinics on-site that provide PT services to the community. These clinics operate under the supervision of UD faculty to provide students exceptional hands-on treatment experiences while providing excellent physical therapy services to clients. Physical therapy students participate in the clinics as part of two (2) courses PHYT 821 and PHYT 822: Integrated Clinical Experiences in Orthopaedics and Neurologic and Older Adults, respectively. All students attend these courses. During the Integrated Clinical Experiences, students apply skills learned in didactic courses as they spend 6 hours per week treating patients under the supervision of clinical instructors, including Board Certified Clinical Specialists. Patients seen in the clinic have included professional athletes from Philadelphia teams as well as national and Olympic-caliber ice skaters, many of whom train right here at UD. A Pediatric Integrated Clinical Experience (PHYT 812) is also provided at a local children’s hospital. For more information please see the UD PT Clinic site.

Outstanding Clinical Education Opportunities

Outstanding clinical education opportunities!  At UD, students participate in SIX clinical internships that are sprinkled throughout the program with over 500 clinical sites across the country to choose from. DPT students have the opportunity to participate in 3 full-time internships and 3 part-time semester-long clinical experiences. Opportunities to participate in specialized clinical internships in our own PT clinic are available. These specialized internships include sports medicine, clinical instruction and module learning (Spine, knee and shoulder are the most popular modules). Students also practice under the supervision of PTs including board certified clinical specialists in our full service PT clinics through the courses PHYT812, PHYT 821 and PHYT822 which are Integrated Clinical Experiences in Pediatrics, Orthopaedics and Neurologic and Older Adult Practice Clinics. Patient care experience begins early in the curriculum with students participating in special clinics such as the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic and patients often participate in courses to allow students real patient experience in the classroom and laboratory setting.

Low Tuition Costs

Low Tuition Costs. UD was ranked 14th among its 100 best values in public colleges in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

2.5 Year Program

The UD Physical Therapy Curriculum is offered as a 2.5 year program.  Along with excellent didactic and clinical education, this timing permits students to begin their professional practice early.


Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location!  Newark, Delaware (pronounced “New Ark”) is a town of just under 30,000 people located close to Philadelphia and Baltimore, beaches and mountains. Our college town has the advantages of small town hospitality and low cost of living along with the tremendous cultural and entertainment opportunities of the big cities close by, and plenty of recreation in nearby beaches and mountains!

Emphasis on Life-long Learning

The UD Physical Therapy curriculum emphasizes life-long learning.  Physical Therapy students discover quickly that learning continues well after graduation from PT school. Our program trains students to seek out and evaluate resources from the research literature while the coursework draws upon available studies from the research literature to justify patient/client examination and intervention. Many of the research studies cited by our professors were performed right here at UD! UD students learn about the current theories underlying patient treatments and how to use the literature to continually improve on physical therapy practice. This allows UD students to achieve exceptional problem solving skills to use as they encounter new patient problems and situations.

Outstanding and Accessible Faculty

UD has a high rate of faculty retention and the faculty are cohesive with a commitment to quality education. Faculty are highly accessible and routinely meet with students to provide assistance in course work, career planning, or simply to chat.

UDPT Faculty are Leaders in the Profession

UD Physical Therapy faculty are highly regarded as leaders in their profession. It’s not uncommon for them to receive national recognition from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Five of our current faculty have been awarded Catherine Worthingham Fellow designations (FAPTA), which recognizes a physical therapist or life physical therapist member of the association whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the profession. All faculty ​are highly involved in the profession, within the APTA and other professional associations.


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