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History & Mission


The first class of graduates from the physical therapy program at Misericordia University received MSPT (Master of Science in Physical Therapy) degrees in 1996. The last class to receive the MSPT degree graduated in 2012. The transition DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program began in Summer 2005, and the first DPT degrees were awarded in 2007. Beginning with the freshmen enrolling in Fall 2008, the program awarded only the DPT degree.


It is the mission of the physical therapy education program at Misericordia University to provide professional physical therapy education opportunities and to help meet physical therapy health care needs.

The physical therapy program is committed to providing an education program which produces competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers and educated consumers of research and which prepares graduates for productive careers in physical therapy and as advocates for, and participants in, life long learning.

As an entry-level professional post baccalaureate program, the physical therapy curriculum reflects a commitment to the complementary relationship between liberal arts and professional studies which enables graduates to adapt to and deal with constantly evolving societal and professional needs.

The physical therapy program's commitment to providing quality physical therapy education expresses the founding Sisters' values and attitudes of justice, mercy, service and hospitality.