The Traditional Doctorate in Physical Therapy is for the entry level student and allows the graduate to enter the physical therapy profession and to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to obtain state licensure. This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The curriculum consists of three years of coursework in both the classroom and clinical environments. The didactic curriculum consists of courses in the foundational and clinical sciences taken at the campus in Winchester. The current clinical education program consists of three part-time and three full-time clinical experiences beginning in the spring of the first year. During the part-time clinical practicums, students are in the clinic one day per week. Full-time clinical internships can be anywhere in the nation as well as international placements.
What Our Program Offers You
Our program incorporates the latest in physical therapy technology, exposing and involving you in cutting-edge research. You’ll also have opportunities to network and expand your leadership skills through our professional organizations.
- skills to practice physical therapy
- skills to succeed in the emerging health care environment
- appreciation for being a good global citizen
You’ll have the opportunity to complete your clinical rotations at prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the Mayo Clinic, Rancho Los Amigos, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, U.S. Air Force Academy, and more.
As part of our commitment to local and global service, you’ll have opportunities to participate with faculty members in local service activities and in global service through mission trips to Nicaragua, Haiti and Kenya.
Our program prepares you for the provision of physical therapy service through direct access (non-physician referral), enables you to incorporate the latest evidence into your clinical decisions, and prepares you to become a leader of a health care team.
What makes our program unique?
Shenandoah’s program enjoys a strong local and national reputation, and our graduates and faculty are recognized within the health care community as knowledgeable, capable and able to excel in the workplace. Our academic focus is on student learning. Our faculty mentors are available in and out of the classroom to guide you through the program.
We offer a dual degree program, enabling you to earn your Master of Science in Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy at the same time. You’ll have access to relevant, cutting edge technology and our Integrated Mobile Technology program, which connects students and teachers in versatile, dynamic communities of learners and provides creative linkages and connections throughout our academic and co-curricular environments.
100 percent of our graduates have passed the licensure examination with first-time pass rates consistently above the national average (90 to 95 percent the past five years). Click here for NAPTE Exam results
We are committed to advancement of the profession and have 100% student membership in the APTA.
Professional Experience Opportunities
- Participate in interprofessional mission trip experiences to Nicaragua with pharmacy and physician assistant studies.
- Adaptive skiing clinical rotation where you spend one of your clinicals teaching individuals with disabilities how to ski.
- You’ll enjoy opportunities to travel to international clinical sites in Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, and emerging sites in Haiti and Kenya.
- You’ll gain hands-on experience with cutting edge equipment, including a 3-D motion analysis system, Neurocom and diagnostic ultrasound.