Photographed: Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness fitness center
Gordon College Cadaver Lab, Ken Olsen Science Center
Take a Christ-centered, patient-focused approach to your physical therapy doctorate studies and career. Building upon a long history of preparing graduates for success in the medical field, Gordon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offers an unparalleled educational experience rich with hands-on learning, practical application, research opportunities and an innovative curriculum that truly meets the needs of the healthcare industry—all within a framework of faith. You’ll learn in our well-established on-site facilities that include a for-profit privately owned physical therapy practice, a 55+ wellness center and state-of-the-art gait and anatomy labs. And you’ll do so under the instruction of renowned professors and in the context of intentionally small class sizes.
The DPT program is pending approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE), the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Gordon is located just 25 miles north of Boston, a global leader in healthcare. Students from around the world come here to study and prepare for careers in healthcare; likewise, patients from around the world come here to receive care at the top-ranked hospitals.
Physical therapy doctoral students at Gordon become movement experts by studying in the biomechanics research lab and the human anatomy and physiology lab, and gaining experience at the on-site Harmeling Physical Therapy clinic and the Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.
Gordon faculty are experienced Christian education who believe that faith-learning integration is essential in the field of medicine and the health professions. Christian practitioners recognize the significance of the human body as God’s handiwork and are better equipped for ethical decision-making in their careers.
“Compassionate, collaborative, competent. That is our hope for the next generation of physical therapy leaders and practitioners. Gordon’s doctoral program in physical therapy is training compassionate servant-leaders who are collaborative within healthcare and learning communities and who demonstrate clinical excellence, fiscal integrity, evidence-based and professional practice while serving society locally and globally with humility.”
—SALOME BROOKS, PT, MBA, MA, EdD
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
With a 22 percent expected employment growth by 2028, Gordon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates will be in high demand. The Christ-centered, patient-focused, clinically rich approach will prepare you to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). Upon passing the NPTE, you’ll be eligible to apply for licensure in all 50 states and to achieve additional board certifications (such as the OCS, SCS, NCS, GCS, etc.). Gordon physical therapy doctoral graduates will go on to serve and lead in hospitals, private practices, home care agencies, nursing homes, school districts, academic institutions and more.
Undergraduate students at Gordon can apply for entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program through the PTCAS system, and will receive preference. Students interested in this track should speak with their academic advisor at the beginning of their undergraduate program at Gordon. With proper planning, kinesiology majors can complete their B.S. in three years, followed by the DPT in three years, and biology majors can complete their B.S. in four years, followed by the DPT in three years.
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Gordon 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, 2025. 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/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
|January 2021||Comprehensive Needs Assessment – Submitted and Approved|
|September 2021||CAPTE Notification of Program Director Employment – Completed|
|October 2021||CAPTE Developing Program Workshop|
|September 1, 2025||CAPTE Reconfirmation of Intent|
|December 1, 2025||Application for Candidacy (AFC) Submission|
|January 30, 2026||On-Site CAPTE Visit|
|April 2026||CAPTE Decision Regarding Program Candidacy|
|May 2026||Charter Class Enrolls/Matriculates into Professional Program|
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