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BradleyUniversity (A4, D6, F1, PR)


Last Updated by Program: 03/16/2007


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science


1501 West Bradley Avenue

Peoria, IL61625


Phone:   (309)677-3489 Fax:   (309)677-4053

Financial Aid Phone:   (309)677-3089 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Mary Jo Mays, PT, PhD




  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, October 1994 (no longer offered) Master's degree, October 1999 (no longer offered) Doctor of Physical Therapy, July 2004

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2011

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an entry-level degree program with a mission to prepare graduate students as general practitioners in Physical Therapy. The length of the program is 36 months (three academic years and three summers plus one January Interim). Early coursework focuses on the foundational sciences integrated with basic clinical sciences. Didactic preparation is well balanced with five clinical education experiences. Before the final clinical experience, students participate in a capstone course in Differential Diagnosis. Students are involved in a collaborative research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Small class size insures ample faculty-to-student interaction, productive classroom and laboratory problem solving, and exchange of ideas.



Clinical Education represents an integral part of the overall DPT curriculum. It is designed to supplement and enhance classroom learning. Our philosophy of education places substantial value on these experiences as an important adjunct to the didactic DPT curriculum. Clinical Education begins with an initial 3-week experience and culminates with two 8-week experiences prior to the completion of the curriculum. Another 8-week and a 10-week experience are completed as well during the curriculum.



There are nine full-time and seven part-time faculty members. Eight of the nine full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 2 years, the faculty has had five publications; 32 professional presentations; and five grants funded. The overall faculty to student ratio is 1:5; the typical faculty to student ratio in laboratory experiences is 1:10 and in the classroom is 1:20.



Bradley is a medium-sized university of 6,100 students. The DPT program is limited to 20 students. Bradley is a private, comprehensive, co-educational university recently ranked by US News and World Report among the best comprehensive universities.



Admission to the program is competitive. A baccalaureate degree is required. Math and science GPA and the overall GPA from the undergraduate hours is heavily considered in admission decisions. Course requirements include a 2 semester course sequence of chemistry and of physics for science majors, 6-8 semester hours of biology that includes an introduction to cell biology, genetics and biochemistry, 1 semester of anatomy, 1 semester of physiology (or a combined 2 semester course of anatomy and physiology) and 1 semester of statistics. An applicant should have coursework and/or significant experience in human relations development and exposure to health care. Additionally, an applicant’s background should include computer literacy, medical terminology and oral and written communication skills. Once in the program liability insurance, immunizations, tuberculin test results and CPR certification is required. Applicants will submit a complete application, Graduate Record Exam scores, TOFEL scores (if applicable), an expanded resume, recommendations, and an essay. Other materials may be required. Please contact the department for the most current requirements.



96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average for the Masters degree program); 93% of the graduates passed the licensure exam on the first try (2-year first-time rate for the MPT program) and 100% of the graduates have passed the licensure exam (yearsultimate pass rate – 3 years). 100%of these program graduates responding to surveys are employed (2-year total for MPT program).



Total tuition for the 3-year DPT program is set at $57,000 for the class beginning in 2007. Books and supplies are estimated at $2,000 for the entire program. Activity and health fees are $65 per semester. Vehicle registration is $50 per year. Room and board, transportation and personal supplies will vary from student to student. More than 50% of Bradley's students receive need-based assistance, with 80% receiving some form of financial support. Physical Therapy students are not an exception. Virtually all qualify for Federal Stafford Loans. The GraduateSchool generally offers a limited number of scholarship and assistantship opportunities to DPT students. The cost of living in the Peoria area is substantially less than in large urban areas of the country.



BradleyUniversity is located on a 50-acre campus in Peoria, central Illinois' largest metropolitan area. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreational facilities are abundant. Multiple cultural and entertainment activities are sponsored by the City of Peoria and BradleyUniversity. Dormitories and apartments are available on campus. Convenient off-campus housing is available in a varying price range.