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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physiotherapist holding patient's hand and shoulder joint during treatment

Program Overview

Tufts Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) offers an accelerated hybrid education model. Our DPT program is dedicated to developing excellent healthcare professionals who demonstrate core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice to serve and advance an increasingly diverse population's health and well-being. Tufts DPT graduates are market-ready physical therapists, demonstrating a blend of skills and perspectives necessary to meet team-oriented healthcare demands in the 21st century.

Program Mission & Core Values

Our program provides educational excellence to a diverse student body within a dynamic and innovative environment. We are committed to developing Doctors of Physical Therapy as professionals who live purposeful lives with a personal commitment to excellence, life-long learning, critical inquiry, and meaningful service to positively impact the human experience and societal health. Our program values promote academic, personal, and moral growth within a safe, challenging, and responsive community. Tufts University School of Medicine core values serve as the foundation for assessing the program's quality and individual performance to achieve the DPT program's mission. These values include a commitment to excellence, humanism, social responsibility, and professionalism.

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Accreditation Status

Effective (May 12, 2020), Tufts 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, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617-636-3593 or 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.

Any member of the Tufts University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint without fear of retaliation. Anonymous complaints may be made by reporting online at Anonymous Reporting.

Preparation for Professional Licensure

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure as a Physical Therapist in all 50 states.

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DPT Program Director & Staff

Megan Donaldson, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT
Program Director

Christen Foy
Program Manager

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