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Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Anticipated first cohort beginning Summer 2021

See CAPTE disclaimer below

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is a proposed new program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Natural & Health Sciences. Students will work hand-in-hand with other health professions in the classroom and the clinic.

Moravian's DPT will grant an entry-level professional DPT degree and allow graduates to apply for licensure to practice as physical therapists in diverse health care and educational environments.

Mission & Values

Based on a liberal arts framework, the Moravian College Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) will develop the next generation of graduates as compassionate, reflective, and inquisitive practitioners in the field of physical therapy. Moravian graduates will deliver best practice to patients and clients as interprofessional leaders. Graduates will positively influence societal health of diverse populations and act as advocates for their health needs. Faculty in the program will embody interprofessionalism and contemporary practice as leaders in research, teaching, evidence-based practice, and advocacy.


The Physical Therapy Program at Moravian College will be offering a full-time, cohort-based educational program comprised of nine terms leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

  • As an entry-level professional degree, the program prepares Moravian DPT graduates to apply for licensure to practice as physical therapists.
  • Thirty-six weeks of the nine terms will be devoted to hands-on clinical experience under the mentorship of licensed physical therapist professionals in the community.
  • The didactic component of the program, consisting of 31 graduate courses, will prepare students to become competent practitioners in diverse educational and healthcare settings.
  • Criteria for Admission to the DPT Program
    • Baccalaureate Degree or higher;
    • Successful completion of prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, psychology, writing, and human anatomy & physiology
    • Minimum GPA 3.0
    • Successful Admission Committee Interview if invited


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

CAPTE Contact Information
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 706-3245

Moravian College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in the professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. 


Dr. Mary Anne Riopel, PT, DPT, PhD
Program Director /
Associate Professor

For inquires contact:
Brian Martin
Student Experience Mentor

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