The programs offered in the Department of Physical Therapy program at Carlow University encompass the Mercy mission to serve the community by promoting the dignity of every person, advocating for equity and inclusion to address matters of social justice. At Carlow, we believe that non-technical skills are equally essential to your health professional training as the technical skills. Our programs emphasize three important habits of healthcare practice: Heart (professional formation/responsibilities), Head (cognitive knowledge), and Hand (clinical skills). It is the training in the habits of the heart that will allow you to act above and beyond your technical responsibilities and advocate for your patients. We strive to graduate healthcare professionals who would use the following principles within their professional practice.

  1. Healthcare equity is the cornerstone of a healthy society.
  2. Health and wellness promotion for the population/community is essential in conjunction with individual patient care.
  3. Every individual is a leader who must be prepared for a dynamic healthcare environment.
  4. Clinical decision-making shall be based on the three pillars of evidence-informed practice (using the best available research evidence, applying clinical experience/expertise, and incorporating patients’/clients’ beliefs and values with empathy and compassion).
  5. Physical therapy graduates and clinicians must be proficient in clinical competencies based on the contemporary standards of physical therapy practice.


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Faculty & staff

Our faculty comprises practicing clinicians with a wealth of experience in physical therapy, blending real-world insights with academic rigor. As experienced educators, they impart their passion for the profession to students, nurturing a commitment to clinical excellence. Join us to learn from the best and embark on your journey towards mastery.

Effective 04/25/23, Carlow University, Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please email: Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/ professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

  • Emphasis on Interprofessional education
  • Focus on community health and service learning
  • Inculcate the habits of the Heart, Head, and Hand
  • Develop healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs
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