About our Department

Historical Overview

The present day Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science at Bradley University began as the Department of Physical Therapy in 1990. As the role of the physical therapist became increasingly vital in the examination and treatment of many types of patients, the academic rigor required to educate future physical therapists also advanced. In order to meet these increasing demands, the physical therapy curriculum was revised to provide a post-graduate degree at the master’s level in the year 2000. At the same time, wishing to remain true to Bradley’s historical role in providing superior education at the undergraduate level as well as to prepare Bradley undergraduate students for the rigor of post-graduate study in physical therapy, the Bachelors in Health Science was instituted. In response to the call to prepare physical therapists as the professional of choice to manage patients with a wide scope of movement disorders, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program was instituted in 2005.

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is a four-year program designed to provide a strong liberal arts background along with the basic and applied sciences required to pursue employment in the health care arena. In addition to the core base of knowledge, the student majoring in Health Science also completes a minor course of study in a variety of areas. Required coursework along with opportunities for observation, and co-op or internship experiences helps ready the Health Science graduate for the future.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a three-year postgraduate program encompassing 105 credit hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical internship experiences. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Bradley University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: Graduates of the DPT program are eligible to sit for a licensure examination as a physical therapist.

Departmental Mission

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science is to develop versatile individuals in a student-centered and collaborative environment that prepares our graduates to lead, educate, advocate and serve in a dynamic health care environment.