Physical Therapy Schools in Delaware
Becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in Delaware or anywhere else in the United States requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s or doctorate degree specifically in physical therapy.
Some choose to obtain an associate degree and begin working in the field of physical therapy as an assistant first, and then go on to continue their formal education and further their career by becoming a fully licensed Physical Therapist. Others are happy performing in the role of physical therapy assistant throughout their career.
Note, however, that the educational paths between Physical Therapists and physical therapist assistants are generally quite different, and most choose one or the other career path prior to pursuing their education.
The physical therapy schools in Delaware offer educational opportunities for both.
Anyone who wishes to become a Physical Therapist must first finish a bachelor’s degree prior to applying to graduate programs. That degree can be in pre-physical therapy, biological sciences or any number of other disciplines, provided the student completes the required prerequisite courses graduate programs look for, including biology, anatomy, and physiology, to name a few.
Graduate Studies in Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware in Newark offers the only graduate level program in the state accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE is the regulatory body which approves undergraduate and graduate level programs throughout the United States. The commission ensures all students are appropriately prepared for entering the field of physical therapy. Completing a graduate degree with a CAPTE program is critical for working in the field as it is a requirement for taking the national licensing examination for becoming a Physical Therapist.
The University of Delaware program confers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to graduates. The DPT program is two and one half years in duration and includes classroom study and clinical experiences to give students a well rounded, professional level education. Clinical experiences can take place in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private physical therapy practices throughout the state of Delaware and across the country.
Physical Therapy Assistant Programs
The physical therapy schools in Delaware additionally offer associate programs specifically designed to train physical therapy assistants. There are two schools in Delaware at which to complete an associate of applied science in physical therapy. Both are offered by Delaware Technical and Community College, and there are locations in Georgetown and Wilmington.
Both the Georgetown and Wilmington locations of the Delaware Technical and Community College have Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy programs which are two years in length. These programs combine traditional classroom studies, laboratory work and clinical training to provide students the well rounded education necessary for finding immediate employment in the field of physical therapy. Additionally, both locations are accredited by the CAPTE, ensuring the quality of the education and the ability of these programs to prepare students for taking the licensing exam.
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-4576
Delaware Technical and Community College – Jack F Owens Campus
PO Box 610
Georgetown, DE 19947-0610
Phone: (302) 855-5933
Delaware Technical and Community College – Stanton-Wilmington Campus
333 Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801-2412
Phone: (302) 571-5355
For more information on physical therapy schools in Delaware, contact the schools listed above.