Pass Rate 

At Duquesne University, the SUCCESS of our students is the true measure of our Phyiscal Therapy Program. The rigor of the program produces graduates who are well prepared to excel on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) that grants licensure to practice Physical Therapy.   The 2019-2020 two year NPTE Pass Rate is 98.5% for the graduates of the Duquesne University Physical Therapy Program".

Our Class of 2021 had seven students qualify to take the NPTE prior to graduation*. A 100% first time pass rate was achieved by Duquesne Physical Therapy Students with an average test score of 31 points better than the national average

First Time and Ultimate Pass Rate 


First Time Pass Rate 

Ultimate Pass Rate (%)

2021 100% (7/7) 100
2020 90.0% (27/30) 100
2019 85.7% (30/35) 97.1
 2018   88.9% (32/36) 94.4
2017  97.2% (35/36) 100
2016 94.1% (32/34) 100
2015 100% (33/33) 100
2014 93.6% (29/31) 100
2013 92.9% (26/28) 100
2012  100% (39/39) 100

*Most graduates from the Class of 2021 will sit for the NPTE in October

Employment/Job Placement*

Physical Therapy is a profession that is very rewarding.  Our graduates are accomplished clinicians that are recognized for their skills, compassion, and empathy.  These attributes are attractive to employers who seek to employ Physical Therapists from Duquesne University.  The 2019-2020 two year Employment/Job Placement rate is 100% for graduates of the Duquesne University Physical Therapy Program.  

Year Job Placement (%)
2020 100
2019 100
2018 100

*Most graduates from the Class of 2021 will sit for the NPTE in October. Employment data will be updated as it becomes available. 

Professional Phase Graduation Rate

The rigors of the Phyiscal Therapy program are well known.  The curriuclum is challenging and designed to for the student to ultmately achieve licensure .  The 2020-2021 two year Graduation Rate is 87% from the professional phase of the program..  

Year Professional Phase Graduation Rate (%)
2021 90.3
2020 86.5 
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.