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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Bellarmine University prepares students for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy.

Physical therapists provide service to individuals with physical impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health resulting from injury, disease or other causes.

With a Bellarmine University DPT, you will be well prepared to:

  • Provide quality physical therapy services to meet the needs of consumers and society
  • Serve physical therapy consumers and society as a primary healthcare provider
  • Assume a role in the community that is commensurate with professional service responsibilities
  • Be a lifelong critical consumer of information that affects the delivery of quality physical therapy services, and
  • Provide mentorship and direction to future physical therapists

All faculty in the program have terminal degrees in their respective areas of expertise. In addition, physical therapy faculty hold clinical board certifications in electrophysiology, sports, orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric physical therapy. Low student-to-faculty ratios (12:1) are maintained in all laboratory situations.

The overall licensure exam pass rate for graduates of the DPT program is typically around 97 percent. A third of our students participate in an international learning experience in physical therapy (Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia). Dozens of students, along with faculty mentors, have presented papers at regional, national and international conferences, and many have published in professional journals.


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Tuition and Fees

Graduate Tuition: $12,200 per semester
Comprehensive Fee: $45 per course

Students also will be responsible for any course fees, professional fees, and books. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are required to complete a significant number of hours in local, regional and national clinical education sites.

All applicants and correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:

Office Location:
Office of Graduate Admission
Allen Hall, 4th Floor

Mailing Address:
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

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