Physical Therapy

Degree Awarded

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Delivery

Full-time, on-site New Hampshire or Arizona

Locations Available

Manchester, New Hampshire
Goodyear, Arizona

Launch your physical therapy career with our graduate-level, on-campus program available at locations in New Hampshire and Arizona. Combine hands-on clinical experience with courses on theory, science, and practice. Help people in hospitals, care facilities, outpatient clinics, and other settings restore and maintain optimal physical function.

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What Makes Our Physical Therapy Program Different?

Franklin Pierce offers two full-time program formats, both fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

On-site program in New Hampshire:

  • Two-and-a-half-year program
  • 38 weeks of clinical work with courses, lectures, and seminars (117 total credits)
  • Small classes and early clinical experience

On-site program in Arizona (proposed hybrid model pending CAPTE approval):

  • New two-year program format introduced in 2021
  • Blend of online learning sessions and intensive, 3-5 day in-person labs at least twice each 12-week term
  • 30 weeks of clinical work

In both programs, accomplished faculty bring real-world experience and teach hands-on skills in state-of-the-art labs. Our graduates consistently achieve 98-100% pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Exam (NPTE)

Learn more about accreditation and outcomes.

Physical Therapy in Manchester, New Hampshire

Physical Therapy in Manchester, New Hampshire

One-on-one coaching, close-knit community, and unique facilities in a historic New Hampshire mill building draw students from around the country.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Goodyear, Arizona

Physical Therapy in Goodyear, Arizona

Our stand-alone program in Arizona provides offers unmatched focus on teaching and a record of results that speak for themselves.


licensure exam pass rate for New Hampshire grads


of graduates report finding
jobs within six months of licensure

Who Should Study Physical Therapy at Franklin Pierce?

Physical therapy might be right for you if:

  • You have an aptitude for science—especially fields like anatomy and physiology
  • You want to provide hands-on patient care and education
  • You’re good at motivating diverse people to set and reach goals
  • You’re eager to collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals

The DPT is a graduate program. Most students apply after completing a bachelor’s degree or take advantage of direct-admit options available to Franklin Pierce undergraduates. See admission requirements for more information.

What Do Physical Therapy Students Learn?

Over the course of the program, you’ll become an effective clinician equipped to evaluate evidence, provide compassionate care, and advance the physical therapy profession.

See our curriculum plan to learn how you’ll progress through the program. Note that the Arizona curriculum is being updated to reflect the hybrid program format—essentials stay the same, but specific courses and sequences may change.

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Intro to Professional Development and Patient Education (PTH506): 2 credits

Anatomy (PTH523): 6 credits

Kinesiology (PTH528): 6 credits

Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice I (PTH531): 2 credits

Physiology in Health and Disease (PTH504): 3 credits

Foundations of Physical Therapy Practice II (PTH532): 2 credits

Musculoskeletal System I—Upper Extremity (PTH537): 4 credits

Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue Mobilization (PTH545): 3 credits

Physical Agents (PTH546): 1 credit

Research Methods in PT I (PTH550): 3 credits

Neuroanatomy (PTH508): 3 credits

Motor Control Across the Lifespan (PTH512): 4 credits

Integrated Clinical Experience I (part-time) (PTH517): 1 credit

Clinical Pharmacology (PTH524): 2 credits

Health Promotion and Wellness I (PTH529): 2 credits

Musculoskeletal System II—Low Extremities (PTH538): 4 credits

Health Promotion & Wellness II (PTH534): 1 credit

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy (PTH534): 3 credits

Musculoskeletal System III—Spine (PTH539): 5 credits

Fundamentals of Neuro Rehab (PTH540): 3 credits

Research Methods in PT II (PTH560): 2 credits

Imaging and Diagnostics (PTH630): 2 credits

Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare (PTH516): 3 credits

Integumentary System (PTH544): 2 credits

Clinical Experience II (full time, 8 weeks): 4 credits

Health Practice Management (PTH514): 3 credits

Integrated Clinical Experience II* (PTH527): 1 credit

Neurological Clinical Management (PTH543): 5 credits

Management of Patients with Multisystem Involvement (PTH623): 3 credits

Special Topics* (PTH628): 2 credits

Sports Injury Management and Prevention* (PTH630): 2 credits

Orthotics and Prosthetics (PTH646) 2 credits

Research Methods in Physical Therapy III (PTH650): 1 credit

Spanish for Healthcare* (LS465/565): 2 credits

* Must take two 2-credit electives during the didactic curriculum

Management of the Pediatric and Adolescent Patient (PTH511): 5 credits

Integrated Clinical Experience II* (PTH527): 1 credit

Professional Seminar (PTH610): 1 credit

Management of Patients with Multisystem Involvement II (PTH624): 4 credits

Special Topics* (PTH628): 2 credits

* Must take two 2-credit electives during the didactic curriculum

Clinical Internship I (full-time): 5 credits

Clinical Internship II (full-time): 5 credits

Clinical Internship II (full-time): 5 credits

What Can I Do With a DPT Degree?

How Do I Get Into the DPT Program?

Most DPT students enroll after earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Admission requirements include prerequisite courses in the sciences and other fields, 40 hours of physical therapy observation or work, and completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Future DPT students apply through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service—learn more about the application process.

Franklin Pierce undergraduates can receive special consideration for admission to the DPT program. See information about direct-admit programs on the admission requirements page.

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