About PT at Maryville

In 2005, The Higher Learning Commission of The North Central Accreditation approved Maryville University to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). The program is also
accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy

Education of the American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.706.3245
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Live to help others succeed. In the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, we do it every day.

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life.  Physical therapists are “movement specialists” who provide services aimed at preventing the onset and/or slowing the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease and other causes.  They help to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve function.

Physical therapy is the examination, evaluation, management and education of persons to detect, assess ongoing effects of intervention, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit acute or prolonged movement dysfunction.  As a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, you will learn to assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of heart and lungs and performance of activities required in daily living.  You will also learn treatment techniques that a physical therapist provides including therapeutic exercise, cardiovascular endurance training and training in activities of daily living.

Maryville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a six and one-half year freshman-entry program.  Acceptance into the program as a freshman assures the student a place in the professional portion of the program.  Students earn an undergraduate degree in Health Science upon successfully completing this first four years of the program.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, by 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects physical therapist employment growth of 39 percent, with the field adding 77,400 more jobs. Thanks to good job opportunities and higher-than-average pay, physical therapists earn a spot on this year’s list of Best Jobs.

For more information on how you can Move Forward with a career in physical therapy, visit http://maryville.edu/academics-hp-pt-doctorate.htm and http://www.apta.org.