About the Department of Physical Therapy

The MGH Institute of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy provides students unparalleled opportunity to play an increasingly vital role in helping patients restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and limit permanent physical disabilities resulting from injury or disease, as well as in improving health and wellness.

Our Physical Therapy programs offer educational opportunities for those who wish to begin their preparation for physical therapy practice in our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, as well as for those who already are physical therapists seeking to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in our Clinical Residency in Orthopedics or through our continuing education offerings.

Each of our programs has a clinical focus that is enhanced by faculty and clinical instructors who are experts in their fields, many of whom practice in Boston’s world-class medical facilities. Explore our degree options.

Interprofessional Approach/Solid Preparation

We offer an interprofessional mix of contemporary, evidence-based academics, clinical research, and clinical experience. Special emphasis is paid to critical inquiry, clinical science, and case analysis – crucial skills for physical therapists in today's complex and demanding health care environment. 

Our teaching methodology enables you to immediately meld theory with clinical practice in stages throughout your program and, as a result, more easily apply what you are learning to your existing knowledge and skill set.

Renowned Faculty/Contemporary Education

Our highly qualified and nationally recognized faculty are actively engaged in physical therapy and its associated professional activities and use their own real-world experience as teaching examples. As a result, you are not only instructed in the field's most current and relevant practices, but you are also challenged by the innovative thinking that will define tomorrow's practices as well. Visit our Faculty/Staff Directory where biosketches of each of our faculty, as well as their curriculum vitae, are available by clicking on faculty names. Learn more about Faculty Scholarship.

MGH Institute's physical therapy programs are recognized for their excellence. Our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program consistently ranks in the top ten among DPT programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and is the top-rated program in New England. 


U.S. News & World Report Ranking

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Link to check the MGH Institute accreditation status

The DPT Program at MGH Institute of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: