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Top 7 PhD Programs in Physical Therapy 2019

The highest college degree is a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD). This type of degree often focuses on technical knowledge that students will need to research, teach or write. Students take an average of eight years to complete this type of degree.

What is a PhD in Physical Activity? A PhD in Physical Activity is a program that looks at the relationship between physical activity and health issues in a population. Students will deepen their understanding of physical activity measurement issues while being introduced to population-level study. The program focuses on the relationship between physical activity and certain diseases and their states. Students are expected to take physiology courses as well as statistical courses to help understand the affects that physical activity can have on a population.

Taking this type of coursework is beneficial because it prepares you for advanced employment or research. You will be able to predict health issues in areas that have little physical activity. This type of degree prepares students for a wide array of positions.

The cost of a PhD in Physical Therapy will vary depending on the school that you want to attend. The cost can also change depending on if you take courses online, on campus or do a combination, so always contact your school of choice for specific cost information.

With a PhD in Physical Activity, you will be able to pursue a number of different careers. You’ll be prepared to join research teams or teach at the college level. You will also be able to work in biostatistics, nutritional or exercise psychology fields. Opportunities are open to work in government positions, on private research teams or in the education community when you have this degree.

Once you know what you want to do, you have to find the school that you want to attend. Applying to a program is easy. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Physical Therapy

Briar Cliff University

Within a Catholic Franciscan University, with a tradition of service, caring and openness to all, broad intellectual background with career development, and encouragement ... [+]

Our Mission

Within a Catholic Franciscan University, with a tradition of service, caring and openness to all, broad intellectual background with career development, and encouragement of growth in self-awareness and in one’s relationship to others and to God, the mission of Briar Cliff University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is to pursue academic excellence in preparing the next generation of physical therapists to practice autonomously and respond to patient and societal needs of the region, including the underserved, by restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal movement, activity participation, and wellness of clients. By challenging students to provide skilled, reflective, ethical, legal, compassionate, culturally competent, interprofessional, evidence-based, and patient-centered care, graduates will be prepared to be effective leaders and health care providers within their communities and the ever-changing healthcare environment.... [-]

USA Sioux City
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Alabama State University

Alabama State University offers the Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This three-year degree prepares graduates as entry-level physical therapists elig ... [+]

Alabama State University offers the Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This three-year degree prepares graduates as entry-level physical therapists eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Licensure is necessary to practice physical therapy. “Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical base and widespread clinical applications in the preservation, development, and restoration of optimal physical function. Every day, physical therapists in the United States help approximately 1 million people alleviate pain; prevent the onset and progression of impairment, functional limitation, disability, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes; and restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and optimum quality of life as related to movement and health. As essential participants in the healthcare delivery system, physical therapists assume leadership roles in rehabilitation services, prevention, and health maintenance programs, and professional and community or4ganizations. They also play important roles in developing healthcare policy and appropriate standards for the various elements of physical therapist practice to ensure availability, accessibility, and excellence in the delivery of physical therapy services.” – Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, July 1999... [-]

USA Montgomery
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
University of Central Arkansas

The Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas is designed to prepare students to become scholars and leaders. The scholar not only discovers, integr ... [+]

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas is designed to prepare students to become scholars and leaders. The scholar not only discovers, integrates, and applies knowledge but also communicates and disseminates it. The Ph.D. graduate has the ability to make significant contributions to scholarship in physical therapy. Students in a Ph.D. program are required to grasp complex intellectual issues in addition to the highly technical standards necessary for research and scholarship. The UCA Department of Physical Therapy Research Page provides information regarding current projects and faculty interests.

Ph.D. Admission Process Review by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee ... [-]
USA Conway
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
45 - 60 hours
Campus
University of Central Arkansas

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares individuals to become licensed physical therapists. Following a selective admission process, 56 students are ... [+]

The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares individuals to become licensed physical therapists. Following a selective admission process, 56 students are invited each fall semester to begin study in the three-year Professional DPT Program (see UCA DPT Brochure).

The curriculum includes 123 credits (graduate level) where students progress from foundation sciences and skills to apply to patient care concluding with full-time clinical internship rotations at clinical education facilities in and out of the state.

The course sequence outlines professional program courses for each semester; a description of those courses can be viewed in the UCA Graduate Bulletin (see Physical Therapy courses).... [-]

USA Conway
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
123 - 166 hours
Campus
Marymount University

Marymount's program prepares physical therapists who are healthcare practitioners of choice for individuals with conditions affecting movement and function. ... [+]

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Marymount University’s program, located just outside of Washington DC, provides an exceptional environment for academic study, community involvement, and cultural enrichment. Marymount’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Marymount's program prepares physical therapists who are healthcare practitioners of choice for individuals with conditions affecting movement and function. Our program emphasizes patient management decisions based on best available scientific evidence, well developed clinical skills and judgment, and incorporation of patient goals and preferences.

The Marymount Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate is prepared for the role of an autonomous practitioner and has the skills necessary to quickly and effectively respond to the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Each student completes 32 weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice, at clinical facilities that may be around the corner from campus or across the country.... [-]

USA Arlington
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine

The program of doctoral studies in kinesiology and rehabilitation is based mainly on Master's degree in medicine, physiotherapy, ergotherapy and other master’s or enginee ... [+]

Kinesiology deals with human motion, its control and motorial learning in relation to the biomechanical parameters of the locomotor apparatus. Rehabilitation relates to this knowledge in order to restore or improve locomotor functions when a diseases disorder, injuries or congenital defects appear.

The program of doctoral studies in kinesiology and rehabilitation is based mainly on Master's degree in medicine, physiotherapy, ergotherapy and other master’s or engineering disciplines. Their scientific knowledge is used in rehabilitation (eg biomedical and clinical technology, biomedical engineering, prosthetics, biocybernetics, robotics, and information technology). The proposed doctoral study program focuses on the objectification of physiological parameters of human motorial disorders, identify the causes of movement disorders and the possibility of therapeutic intervention.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

The Doctor of physical therapy program provides clinical, laboratory and research experiences with leading faculty, clinicians and researchers. UT Health San Antonio phys ... [+]

PhD in Physical Therapy Overview

We offer an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree consisting of 100 semester credit hours of professional-level courses taken over six semesters. Our program includes 30 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations and a four-week specialty clinical rotation. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program operates on the super semester. Fall semesters begin on July 1 and continue through the end of December, and spring semesters run from January to June.

Our students first year includes courses in research, pathology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience and clinical foundations.

During the second year, students will apply material learned in the first year and focus on management of the whole patient with particular emphasis on the examination, evaluation, and intervention of patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and/or cardiopulmonary problems.... [-]

USA San Antonio
January 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus