Physical Therapy is a dynamic, multifaceted profession with an established theoretical and scientific base. Today’s physical therapists care for people of all ages to restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function.

The Jefferson Physical Therapy (PT) Program is one of the most respected PT programs in the region. Students from around the country come here to experience a positive, collaborative learning environment that contributes to success.

Graduation, Licensure & Employment Rates




2 Year Average

Graduation Rate




Licensure Pass Rate  (first-time)




Licensure Pass Rate  (ultimate) 96.7% 95.5% 96.1%

Employment (within 1 year)




According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 17% from 2021 to 2031. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), with just a 0.2% unemployment rate, physical therapists are now experiencing the best employment conditions since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility, often without expensive surgery and often reduce the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach people how to prevent or manage their condition to achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists care for people in various settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. A doctorate degree and state licensure (for each state the PT practices in) are required to become a practicing physical therapist.

Cost of Attendance

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a year-round, three-year program comprised of classroom, laboratory, exams, and clinical education rotation. The tuition for our 2023 graduate class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is reflected as three $12,271 payments annually for an overall education cost of $110,440 (three payments per year throughout the three-year program). Fees associated with tuition include IS&T, library, and departmental fees that are charged annually and total $4,739 ($1,579/year). The Fact Sheet contains additional institutional information. For questions, contact Financial.Aid@jefferson.edu


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-503-8026 or email Justine.Dee@jefferson.edu.