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 (2017-2018) our graduates have achieved a 93.0% first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Pass Rate on the NPTE


Ultimate Pass Rate (%)

2019 85.7*
 2018   94.4
2017 100
2016 100
2015 100
2014 100
2013 100
2012 100

For Class of 2019, asterisk (*) signifies 1st time pass rate. Pass rate data will be updated as it becomes available. 


Employment/Job Placement*

Year Job Placement (%)
2018 100
2017 100
2016 100

*Graduates from the Class of 2019 sat for the NPTE in October. Employment data will be updated as it becomes available. 

Professional Phase Graduation Rate

Year Professional Phase Graduation Rate (%)
2019 97.1
2018 85.7
2017 97.4
2016 91.9
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.