Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program


PT Community in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Community Education:

As the first DPT program in Berks County, the program will assume the responsibility of serving as a resource for the local physical therapy community. To accomplish this goal, the program will provide formal and informal consultation, regular continuing education, and join with others to advocate for the autonomy of the profession in accordance with Vision 2020. 

To assist clinicians with the attainment of their professional CEU’s to maintain licensure, the program will offer annual, clinically-based, continuing education workshops with the inaugural course offered in the Spring of 2016. 

In addition to the annual DPT Research Symposium, other planned educational seminars include CI training, teaching and learning conferences, and clinically-based workshops.  Educational seminars for practicing clinicians will involve collaborative efforts across multiple disciplines culminating in unique active learning opportunities for local PT’s and students alike.

Community Affiliates:

The Alvernia University DPT Program understands the importance of collaborating with local Physical Therapy clinicians in the Berks County region for ensuring that the most authentic, evidence-based, and clinically relevant principles and procedures are included within the curriculum. Along with participating as clinical instructors in the supervision of students during clinical internships, local Physical Therapy expert clinicians will also serve as associated faculty and on the advisory board within the program and become an integral resource throughout the curriculum. 

The Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program will advance an ongoing association with local clinical affiliates.  The DPT Program currently has/is working on the development of a relationship with numerous clinical sites in the Berks County area. 

Graduation from a physical therapist program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Alvernia University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage and underwent an on-site review on July 29-31, 2014. Submission of this document and on-site review 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 phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional 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. All students accepted into the charter DPT class of 2018 will be accepted conditionally and graduation will be contingent upon full accreditation status as granted by CAPTE.

doctor of physical therapy (dpt) program

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