10 REASONS TO STUDY WITH US
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
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 patients. Physical therapy students participate in the clinics as part of two (2) Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) courses: PHYT821: Sports and Orthopedics ICE and PHYT822: Neurologic and Older Adult ICE. During these 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 ICE (PHYT812) is also provided at a local children’s hospital. For more information please visit the UD PT Clinic site.
Outstanding Clinical Education Opportunities
Outstanding clinical education opportunities! In addition to the three (3) Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) experiences, all students participate in three (3) full-time clinical educational experiences. Our clinical education program holds contracts with outstanding facilities throughout the United States that demonstrate high-quality, evidence-supported practice appropriate for student learning and training.
Contemporary Facilities. Our academic, clinical, and research areas are housed within the newly constructed STAR Campus that is hallmarked by open, collaborative spaces supported by modern technologies. The newly constructed human anatomy lab provides opportunities for students to solidify learning through the generosity of anatomical donors. Spaces allow for interprofessional collaboration, simulation-enhanced learning, team-based learning, and service learning.
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.
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Emphasis on Life-long Learning
Outstanding and Accessible Faculty
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). Six 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.