Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is the professional physical therapist educational program at New York University that prepares students for entry into the practice of physical therapy. Since physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical base and widespread clinical applications, particularly in the preservation, development, and restoration of maximal physical functions, this program is designed to develop competent practitioners for contemporary practice.

The program enables students to become physical therapists who seek to prevent injury, impairments, and disabilities; to maintain and promote fitness, health, and quality of life; and to ensure availability, accessibility and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services to the patient. Since physical therapists are essential participants in the health delivery system, graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in prevention and health maintenance programs and rehabilitation services and to assist in the development of health policy standards tied to physical therapy practice.

In order to meet the changing needs of the health delivery system, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program seeks to graduate an autonomous practitioner with the expertise and skills to examine, evaluate, and diagnose physical impairments as a result of injury, disease, or disability. After the examination, the physical therapist practitioner will apply appropriate interventions and treatments and reassess patient progress.

This autonomous practitioner will also evaluate patients as to their prognosis and work with other professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
telephone: 703-706-3245


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.