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Arcadia University’s College of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy Hybrid

With nearly 40 years of experience, Arcadia University is offering a fully-accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program in a hybrid format. Our faculty will teach you the skills you need to help individuals of all backgrounds and ages maximize their physical function and live healthier and more active lives. The hybrid pathway combines online and in-person learning for those who choose not to relocate.

About the program

  • Innovative curriculum: The program offers a patient-centered curriculum to entry-level learners, and takes 26 months to complete.
  • Expert training: The program’s hybrid format transforms physical therapists into clinical experts.
  • Practical preparation: The graduate program focuses on patient-centered learning to train the next generation.

About Arcadia University 

Located in Greater Philadelphia, PA, Arcadia University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees — on campus and online. The university holds a core belief that education should be foundational and comprehensive — and the hybrid DPT program acts on it by emphasizing experiential learning, professional development, and deep personal growth.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions.

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Program track

Arcadia DPT candidates at Arcadia University complete 20 patient-based courses in a hybrid curriculum and on a fixed course structure and sequence. Each patient-based course takes place over two to four weeks, and builds in depth and complexity as learners move through subsequent classes.

  • 32: Weeks focused on experience
  • 8: Immersions on-campus
  • 6: Semesters for learning
  • 26: Months to complete
  • 112: Total program credit hours
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Arcadia University reviews applicants to the DPT program through a holistic lens and based on their online application. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution before beginning the program.

Over the course of 26 months, learners earn 110 credits in this full-time program. Upon program completion, they earn a DPT accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Personal statements

  • Official transcripts

  • GRE scores (recommended)

  • Letters of recommendation

Immersions and clinicals


Learners receive hands-on training throughout the entire program both during eight on-campus immersions and in clinical settings.

During immersions, learners practice assessing patient needs and applying appropriate interventions, and have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience alongside their peers and under the guidance of their instructors.

Clinical education experiences total 32 weeks. Learners work with patients in various in-person clinical settings where they gain exposure to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Learners serve patients across different rehabilitation settings, including rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, out-patient clinics, and specialized care settings.

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