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The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates from 2018 through 2028 the demand for physical therapists will increase by 22%. The program in Physical Therapy in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences prepares graduates at the doctoral level for this expanding job market. Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) are the practitioners of choice for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating functional limitations and disabilities related to illness, injury or movement dysfunction. Duquesne DPT graduates are in demand and are hired by hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and public schools. Duquesne University alumni have even started their own private practices.

Starting salaries for physical therapists can vary considerably based on location, type of facility, experience level, and degree. A salary survey by APTA  in 2016 reported a median income of $67,000 for physical therapists with 0-3 years experience. For 2016, the BLS reported a median salary of $85,000 for experienced physical therapists.

The Rangos School, with more than 800 students and 60 full-time faculty members, is one of the largest health sciences schools in the country with a national reputation for excellence in clinical instruction, research, and advocacy.