DoctoratePhysical Therapy (DPT)

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Join a world-class Physical Therapy program.



The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares the student for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy. Physical therapists are health care professionals who provide service to individuals of all ages with physical impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes.

Physical therapists

  • Examine and evaluate individuals with movement related problems,
  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction to enhance physical and functional abilities,
  • Promote physical function and wellness to provide optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health, and
  • Prevent the onset of symptoms and the progression of movement related problems


Treatment by physical therapists includes exercise, joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation, cardiovascular endurance training, neuromuscular re-education, the therapeutic application of heat, cold and electricity, and activities of daily living training. Physical Therapists find careers in settings ranging from hospitals and rehabilitation centers to private practices, pediatric facilities, home health agencies, school systems, higher education and research institutions, fitness and wellness centers, and nursing homes.


Why earn your DPT at Bellarmine?

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is an integral part of the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences and Bellarmine University, the physical therapist professional community, and the local health care delivery system. We embrace our heritage of Catholic higher education excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and quality professional education programs. The program is dedicated to excellence in physical therapist education and service by providing comprehensive academic and clinical experiences for diverse and talented students. This is accomplished through:

  • active faculty mentoring;
  • instruction grounded in clinical, scientific and educational evidence;
  • learning experiences that are reflective, practical, directed, collaborative and innovative; and
  • directed and focused engagement with the community.

We are responsive to the needs and demands of contemporary physical therapy practice, which are evolving and dynamic. Our goal is to develop autonomous patient-centered practitioners of physical therapy, dedicated to service and life-long learning, with skills, attitudes and behaviors commensurate with societal expectations for outstanding care.

Our students also have opportunities to serve in our service learning clinics; explore healthcare internationally in Australia, Guatemala, Italy, Belize and the Dominican Republic; collaborate with faculty on projects; and engage with local and regional partners in community engagement projects.

Program Highlights

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program develops autonomous, patient-centered physical therapists, dedicated to service and life-long learning, with knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are commensurate with societal expectations for outstanding care. Program faculty mentor and teach diverse learners to practice, serve and lead with integrity, sensitivity and commitment to excellence. This is accomplished by integrating Catholic liberal arts and professional education traditions with scientific inquiry, clinical expertise, and adherence to professional core values.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the professional program after completing a bachelor’s degree in a major of choice and all program prerequisites. Highly qualified Bellarmine undergraduate students may be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program after completing all university general education requirements and the program prerequisites. Various paths to admission are described on our Admissions and Admissions Statistics page. The university awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree upon completion of the professional curriculum.

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Student Story

Kaylynn Schwamb

“Bellarmine's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program has a small school atmosphere with faculty that were willing and available to help me succeed and get the most out of my education. The program stressed the importance of learning fundamental theory but also provided me with multiple opportunities to put theory into practice in order to hone my skills as a PT. The program was challenging and provided opportunities for fieldwork and mentorship that made the transition of being a new graduate and finding a rewarding career seamless. I also have a great support system of Bellarmine colleagues all around the country who continue to teach me and inspire me to provide the most efficient and evidence-based care available to my patients.”

Kaylynn Schwamb DPT '19

On-Campus Housing

Bellarmine University is pleased to offer FREE on-campus summer housing for students enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The link to reserve housing is available on your Bellarmine University Admission Application Portal once admitted. 

We expect to have limited, paid, on-campus graduate and second-degree fall 2021/spring 2022 housing options as well. Details about those options will be provided to confirmed students mid-March.

The free summer housing is in Anniversary Hall. You will have your own room and you will share a bathroom with one neighbor. Two undergraduate Bellarmine Ambassadors have created a vlog so that students planning to live in Anniversary Hall can see the facility.  See parts I, II, and III of the vlog below:

Part I
Part II
Part III

Residence Hall Amenities

  • Wireless Internet 
  • Computer Lab 
  • Smoke-Free
  • Free laundry
  • Kitchen area (Summer semester on-campus food options are limited, so Accel BSN students use the kitchen often. You may want to bring some of your own cooking utensils.)
  • Vending and Ice Machines
  • 24-Hour, In-Hall Visitation
  • Carpet
  • AC/Heat 
  • 2-4 XL Twin Beds
  • 2-4 Desks and Chairs
  • 2-4 Closets/Wardrobes 
  • ADA-Accessible Rooms
  • Microwave and Refrigerator 

Please note that the extra furniture in your room cannot be removed.


Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, Ph.D., NCS

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, Ph.D., NCS, Assistant Professor and Chair
Dr. Danzl teaches in the following courses: Introduction to Acute Care, Service Learning Clinic, and Neurological Rehabilitation for the Adult Patient. Her current scholarship interests include examining the practice of patient and caregiver education in physical therapy practice, the use of qualitative research methods in physical therapy research, and neurorehabilitation. She serves as the research and education coordinator in the Bellarmine University and Norton Healthcare neurologic physical therapy residency.

Beth Quinn

Beth Quinn, PT, DPT, GCS, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education
Dr. Quinn is board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is the Associate Director of Education and involved in the Service Learning Clinic. Professional interests include clinical learning experiences, geriatrics and acute care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. The final application deadline is November 2. All applications are reviewed as they are received, so it is in your best interest as an applicant to apply as early as possible. Visit to apply. PTCAS takes 4-6 weeks to verify an application once submitted.

Q. Is the GRE required?
A. Yes. Applicants to the physical therapy program must provide GRE scores from the last 5 years to PTCAS. The GRE code for Bellarmine is 1056 or the program code in PTCAS is 7674. Either code can be used to send your score report.

Q. Is it part time or full time?
A. This is a full time day program.

For answers to more questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Tuition and Fees

For the most up-to-date tuition and fee information, please visit our Graduate Tuition page. 

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.


The Physical Therapy Program at Bellarmine University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 502.272.8356 or email

Licensure and Disclosure for Students who Reside Outside of Kentucky

Bellarmine University's CAPTE accredited program meets the requirements for application for PT licensure in every state. However, many states have other requirements the could make a candidate ineligible. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether they would meet the requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides upon completion of our program.

Physical Therapy licensure contacts:

Contact Information

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Kiana Pashmforosh
Graduate Admission Officer