Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Degree Programs

Shenandoah University's Division of Physical Therapy (PT) prepares students as doctorally educated physical therapist who are reflective practitioners who provide evidence-based, compassionate and ethical care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunction. 

The Division of Physical Therapy offers a Doctorate in Physical Therapy through two different programs, the traditional program and the transitional program and also offers the option to pursue a dual degree with a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master’s degree in Athletic Training. Transitional DPT scholarships are available for SUPT alumni, SUPT clinical instructors, employees of Valley Health Systems, Inova Health Systems, and West Virginia University Hospital- East.

We accomplish this through an integrated, patient-centered curriculum with a low student/faculty ratio. Frequent patient care experience, community service by students and faculty and the integration of current technologies are key components of the PT education at Shenandoah University. Join us on Facebook!


Physical Therapy (PT) is a challenging and satisfying profession — one with many career pathways from which to choose. The wide range of clinical settings, the diversity of the patient populations, and the variety of specialty areas provide a vast array of employment and professional growth opportunities for the new graduate. Shenandoah University's entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy professional degree program prepares students for the challenges of the profession and provides an excellent foundation for further graduate study. Applications for SU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are made utilizing the Physical Therapy Centralized Application system. Please see the PTCAS website for information regarding applications and deadlines.

The Physical Therapy Program at Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and was recently reaccredited until October 2018.

Applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have demonstrated success in academics and have a strong background in the sciences. Completion of the bachelor's degree is required. A demonstration of well-developed problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and commitment to service is necessary. Those applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should be prepared to work closely with other students in the program, make contributions to the learning process of others and contribute to the enrichment of the curriculum and the profession. Join us on Facebook

Accomplished Faculty Mentors Make The Difference

Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate physical therapist, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.

Meet the Physical Therapy Faculty

Clinical Education

Clinical Education is an integral part in the curriculum of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University.  Our students begin clinical practice in the first year, and clinical practice opportunities continue to graduation.  SU PT students are mentored by some of the most accomplished clinicians in all practice areas of ambulatory and non-ambulatory care.  With over 250 affiliates, SU PT is able to place our highly prepared students in local, regional, national and international settings.  Joining the mission of the university, we have clinical service opportunities that are continuing to expand.  Graduates of SU PT program are entry-level generalist clinicians, and are well prepared to assume the multifaceted and evolving role of the physical therapist.

Areas of Study