Physical Therapy Program

The pursuit of a career in Physical Therapy signifies a deep interest in healing the human body, a passion for strong patient relationships, and the desire to be an integral member of the health care team. Through professional and faculty role models, interactive coursework, and an ideal location in the heart of the nation's capital, The George Washington University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program develops generalist practitioners prepared to practice autonomously; reflective practitioners who think critically and use best evidence to effectively solve problems; dedicated practitioners who value the tenets of lifelong learning; and compassionate practitioners who demonstrate excellence in communication and interpersonal skills, a respect for individual and cultural differences, and the core values of the profession.


The GW Physical Therapy program is dedicated to the development of professional clinicians who practice legally, ethically, and reflectively to best meet the needs of future patients. Through active engagement and participation in problem solving, assimilation of the field's core values, use of evidence-based practice, and an appreciation for lifelong learning, program graduates are exceptionally prepared to enter the Physical Therapy profession.


To create an environment for learning that supports the professional development of students, faculty, and clinicians, and that fosters well-respected practitioners through excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.


To provide an environment that supports the professional development of students, faculty, and Physical Therapy practitioners. The program serves as a vehicle for students, faculty, and practitioners to continue to develop in their professional competence as a practitioner, teacher, researcher, consultant, advocate, manager, and leader.