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Students must graduate from an accredited physical therapy program to sit for state licensing examinations. Duquesne University has an ultimate pass rate of 100% and over the past two years (2016-2017) our graduates have achieved a 95.6% first-time pass rate on the State/National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

First Time Pass Rate on the NPTE

Year # attempted / # passed 1st Time Pass Rate (%)
2017 35/36 97.2
2016 32/34 94.1
2015 33/33 100
2014 29/31 93.6
2013 26/28 92.9
2012 39/39 100

100% Ultimate Pass Rate on NPTE for all DPT Graduates


Job Placement

100% job placement rate for graduates 2015-2017.

Professional Phase Graduation Rate

Year Professional Phase Graduation Rate (%)
2017 94.9
2016 97.1
2015 84.6
2014 88.6
2013 85.3


Programmatic Outcomes

At the completion of the doctoral program in Physical Therapy the student will:

  1. Practice autonomously in a competent, safe, ethical, legal, reflective and professional manner.
  2. Use evidence-based principles and clinical reasoning skills to be autonomous practitioners who determine the physical therapy diagnosis of, and direct the prevention of and interventions for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions or changes in health status.
  3. Perform effective patient examination.
  4. Perform effective patient evaluation.
  5. Determine correct diagnoses.
  6. Develop a comprehensive physical therapy plan of care.
  7. Provide physical therapy interventions to achieve patient goals.
  8. Utlize appropriate outcome measures.
  9. Integrate prevention, health education, and wellness initiatives.
  10. Demonstrate effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
  11. Provide healthcare education to patients, clients, families, peers, and society, using culturally appropriate teaching methods.
  12. Demonstrate effective practice management.
  13. Demonstrate social responsibility and altruism.
  14. Demonstrate professional development, service and advocacy.
  15. Apply the principles of the basic human sciences to clinical practice.
  16. Apply principles of pharmacology to physical therapy practice.
  17. Apply principles of medical and clinical science to physical therapy practice.