Ranked #1 in the nation by US News and World Report, the University of Delaware’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program offers a 2.5-year DPT degree and post-graduate education, including six residency and fellowship programs, and two interdisciplinary PhD programs in Biomechanics and Movement Science and Neuroscience. Renowned faculty prepare students to be entry level practitioners capable of pursuing a specialty area or transitioning into graduate studies within the research environment. The Department prepares a diverse workforce of physical therapists capable of top-of-license practice.


The mission of the Department is to optimize quality of life and human function by transforming physical therapy.


UD Physical Therapy Clinic safely reopens for learning, treatment:

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program aims to educate outstanding entry-level physical therapists who provide excellent physical therapy services, integrate scientific inquiry into their clinical practice and have a well-developed sense of professionalism and social responsibility.



The Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic is the State’s premier outpatient clinic. Located at the University of Delaware, the clinic provides a unique environment where physical therapists, students, and researchers work together to implement cutting-edge treatment to patients from the University and the surrounding community. We are open to the public!

Clinicians and physical therapy students treat patients during COVID-19, following their new protocol for social distancing and wearing double layers of masks. The PT Clinic hit its 6,000th visit during November 2020.
Fabrizio Sergi, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, along with is colleagues Jill Higginson, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering / director of the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research / associate director of Biomedical Engineering, and Darcy Reisman, associate professor of Physical Therapy, in the Human Robotics lab in the Health Sciences Complex at UD's STAR Campus. One of the areas of research the group is studying is the use of wearable robotics to assist stroke patients in gait training as part of their physical therapy. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)



The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy have active research programs, funded both current and past by national (e.g.-National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, Foundation for Physical Therapy) and local (e.g.-University of Delaware Research Foundation, UNIDEL) agencies.

PT News

Latest News
  • A graphic illustration that includes a headshot of College of Health Sciences Dean Bill Farquhar centered with a shadow of the STAR Campus behind him.

    The future of medical education

    September 13, 2023 | Written by Kelly Bachman
    Dean Bill Farquhar discusses his vision for the College of Health Sciences in a Q&A.
  • Department of Physical Therapy, Athletics strengthen partnership

    August 24, 2023 | Written by Amy Cherry
    Shane Reybold was promoted to associate director of rehabilitation. The newly created position is a joint post between the College of Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy and Athletics.
  • Stroke recovery research

    August 17, 2023 | Written by Amy Cherry
    Rising junior Matt Carr, who's majoring in human physiology, was awarded the Peter White Fellowship which allowed him to work alongside Dr. Darcy Reisman on her stroke recovery research over the summer.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Delaware is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 302-831-8910 or email Please visit our Student Outcomes page for information on graduation rate, ultimate licensure exam pass rate, and employment rate over the most recent two years. The University of Delaware also offers credentialed residencies in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurology, and acute care. CAPTE does not provide oversight or accreditation of residency programs. Our residency programs are accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).