Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Opportunities


Physical therapists are the persistent warriors of the health care profession, capable of listening, empathizing and healing to transform physical and emotional well-being. As experts in movement, they evaluate and diagnose musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological conditions and treat them utilizing exercises, hands-on therapies and patient education. They assist people to live pain-free and active lives while restoring, maintaining and promoting optimal physical functions and movement.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is the entry-level degree required to earn professional licensure to practice and commence an exciting professional journey as a physical therapist.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapy is one of the fastest growing professions nationally with 21 percent job growth expected by 2030.

Program Highlights

Earn Your Degree in Less Time
One of the best features of Manchester’s program is that while most DPT programs require nine semesters (36 months), Manchester’s DPT Program is strategically designed to be completed in eight semesters (30 months). With one less semester, you’ll save on tuition costs and join the workforce sooner!

State-of-the-Art PT Labs
Each PT lab is furnished with the latest equipment for advanced physical therapy learning and practice. Classroom lessons are experiential, incorporating the latest virtual technologies, including augmented reality and virtual reality experiences for anatomy and physiology through HoloLens, and virtual dissection with the Anatomage®, which allows examination of a 3-D virtual cadaver.

A Student-run Pro-bono Clinic that Caters to the Needs of Diverse Communities 
A student-run orthopedic and neuromuscular pro-bono clinic allows students clinical experience with actual patients and focuses on rural and underserved communities of northeast Indiana and the United States and meeting their physical therapy needs.

Why Manchester?

A reputation for excellence in the health sciences and a foundation in the liberal arts make Manchester graduates well-rounded health care professionals ready to provide ethical, evidence-based, compassionate care for diverse individuals and communities.

The DPT Program is built on a strong set of Manchester University values that include a deep commitment to integrity, respect for the infinite worth of every individual, and a goal to serve for the betterment of others. At MU, you’ll be equipped as a highly skilled and caring professional with a sense of accountability toward community and empathy for others.

Your DPT coursework is hands-on, working in our student-run pro-bono clinic. There, you’ll learn to understand and serve the needs of diverse and underserved communities and develop a sense of service and empathy for fellow human beings.

With a focus on research, you’ll collaborate and conduct faculty-supervised projects, present and publish your findings. Collaboration teaches you the significance of evidence-based practices in your professional career. Additionally, you’ll become American Physical Therapy Association members in your first year, giving you the opportunity to participate in professional and scientific meetings and to network with the professional community.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Manchester University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2022, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the [professional/technical] phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in [professional/technical] courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Career Opportunities in Physical Therapy

Based on Practice Settings
  • Outpatient Facility
  • Inpatient Care
  • Acute and Sub-Acute Care
  • Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • School and Pre-School Settings
  • Home Healthcare Services
  • Telehealth Services
Based on Practice Specialties:
  • Musculo-Skeletal
  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Oncology
  • Sports
Based on Career Tracks:
  • PT Practice
  • Academics
  • Clinical Research
  • Professional/Spectator Sports
  • Fitness Centers
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • Subject Matter Expert in PT for Media Requests
  • Government Services for Military and Defense

Check out the job outlook and median pay for physical therapists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics