Program Information

Master of Physician Assistant


The University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) granted accreditation to Franklin Pierce University’s MPT Program on April 24, 2002 with permission to advance the curriculum to the DPT as soon as all state and regional college accrediting agencies approved the move. This occurred in April 2005. The University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is currently seeking CAPTE accreditation for an expansion program in Goodyear, Arizona. Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by CAPTE should be directed to: CAPTE, 111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 684-2782 or (703) 706-3245 or e-mail:

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The DPT degree program at Franklin Pierce can be completed in approximately 27 months. A cornerstone of this curriculum is the concept of primary care and the evolving health care environment. Concepts that prepare students to function in this dynamic system cut across the curriculum and are reinforced in many courses. Students develop skills in professionalism, compassion, time management, team dynamics, critical thinking, documentation, using referral systems, service learning, interpersonal communication, effective written communication, and prevention, as well as the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness.

At the center of the curriculum is the mission of the University, the College, and the Program, and a focus on the patient as the source of information and as the primary health decision-maker. Graduates of this program are practitioners who are kind; compassionate; integrate mind, body and spirit; make continuing contributions to the community; demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning; and are respected as highly competent professionals.

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Transitional DPT

The University is offering an opportunity for alumni of the Master of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce and Notre Dame College to complete the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program online. A successful applicant to this transition program must be licensed to practice physical therapy and hold a degree in physical therapy, from Franklin Pierce, Notre Dame College or another accredited institution.

The curriculum includes these courses: Community Health and Wellness, Advanced, Imaging and Diagnostics, and Evidence Based Practice I and II. All courses are offered in a 100% online environment and provide you with the flexibility and convenience that adults often look for in education, and still gives you the opportunity to work closely with our faculty throughout the courses. To inquire about the 100% online Transitional DPT program, email:
For course descriptions and other information about theDoctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce, please refer to the current Catalog.

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Facilities & Anatomy Instruction

The current Physical Therapy Program is located at 5 Chenell Drive in Concord, NH. The Concord Campus occupies the third floor of the building. This floor houses the Physical Therapy Program during the day and other graduate and undergraduate programs in the evenings and on weekends. This gives the physical therapy students access to the entire 19,000 square feet of space, computer labs and classrooms during the day. In addition, the Program is taught in three spacious labs and has access to eleven classrooms and seminar rooms. Within this space is an anatomy multi-function lab which contains plastic models, charts, skeletons and plastinated specimens. Plastinated specimens are real cadaveric parts (upper and lower extremities, heart, lungs, brain) which are leased from the University of Michigan. The cadaver is dissected to the specifications of the program and then slowly infused with plastic so that the body part becomes preserved without using environmentally hazardous materials. The plastinated specimens have a 90 year shelf life and give the students an opportunity to access specimens throughout their three years of study.

In addition, our largest computer lab has fifteen computers which have ADAM (anatomy software) loaded on each. Students use ADAM to dissect and reconstruct the body, learn anatomical structures and relationships, pronunciation of terms, and surface anatomy. Finally, the anatomy instruction in class, lab and on the computer is supplemented by anatomy lab at Dartmouth Medical School during which students have an opportunity to observe full body dissections to better appreciate the relationship of structure.

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Clinical Education

Clinical education is a vital component in the professional education of the Franklin Pierce physical therapy student. Clinical education is integrated throughout the physical therapy program curriculum at Franklin Pierce. Our students have four integrated clinical experiences, spread through the first two years of the curriculum, with the third year comprised primarily of full-time clinical placements totaling 32 weeks. Franklin Pierce students participate in clinical affiliations at Clinical Education Centers around the country and world. Theseplacements provide the students with the exciting opportunities to apply skills they have learned in the classroom to real life settings and develop new skills under the guidance of their Clinical Instructor(s).

Our affiliated Clinical Education partners can obtain forms by contacting Olga McSorley at 603.228.5372 or

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Financial Support

Graduate students may be eligible for up to $18,500 in Stafford Loan support each year. In addition, there are a limited number of federal work-study opportunities for graduate students in the DPT program. The $2,500 Alumni Scholarship, established by the Alumni Board in 2002, will be awarded to one student enrolled in the DPT program each year.

The Kathy Cepeda Physical Therapy Scholarship is awarded to a DPT student who is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has demonstrated a commitment to family and community and strives to learn outside the classroom.This scholarship is awarded on the basis of hardship at the discretion of the program administrator.

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