Physical Therapists are projected to be in great demand, with employment opportunities growing much faster than average -- by more than 39 percent -- through 2020. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Physical Therapists, on the Internet. (Visited 12/1/2013)

If you're looking for an outstanding educational experience in one of the fastest growing professions, look no further than GSU's Department of Physical Therapy.

Our degree program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, not only prepares you to enter the profession, but it also teaches you how to become an advocate and leader who will shape the profession for years to come.

Our innovative DPT program integrates the best of evidence-based practice and patient-centered care into a solid curriculum. 

If you’re a licensed physical therapist who entered the profession with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) degree program will allow you to earn your DPT while you continue working in your field. You’ll enhance your knowledge and skills, broaden your clinical perspective, and regenerate your passion for your profession.

Our Physical Therapy Department also offers cutting-edge training in Conductive Education through a Conductive Education Certificate program.


The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in January, 2006. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities approved the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in January, 2007.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Governors State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Department of Physical Therapy Mission Statement

The Department of Physical Therapy facilitates an accessible, dynamic learning community of diverse teachers and learners.
The Department develops physical therapist practitioners who base decisions on scientific and clinical evidence for their roles as clinicians, leaders, advocates and teachers.
The Department promotes social responsibility and contributes to the health, well-being and economic development of the region.

Department of Physical Therapy — Contact Us!


  • Admissions Advisor (Doctor of Physical Therapy program)
    Dr. David Diers
  • Admissions Advisor (Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program)
    Dr. Roberta O'Shea
  • Admissions Advisor (Conductive Education Certificate)
    Dr. Roberta O'Shea




 APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Coming in June !

The Department of Physical Therapy at Governors State University (GSU) will present the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, June 20 and 27, 2015, in Room F2503 at GSU.

The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences, developing learning experiences and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback. Evaluation skills are discussed, as well as the identification and management of students with exceptional situations. The program closes with a brief look at legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation.

It takes 16 hours to complete the entire program for CI Credentialing. Participants must attend each session in its entirety and satisfactorily complete the Assessment Center to be eligible for credentialing and awarding of 16 continuing education units.

Serving as instructor will be Jeannette Elliott, PT, DPT, MS, who has been involved in physical therapy education for more than 22 years and has been an APTA Credentialed CI Trainer since 1998.

Registration deadline is Friday, May 22, 2015.

For complete information regarding this program, download the following:

 Congratulations to Faculty Excellence Award Winner!

Dale Schuit newCongratulations to Dr. Dale Schuit, PT, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, who received a Faculty Excellence Award recently at GSU's Convocation, held in the Center for Performing Arts.

Excellence Award winners are chosen by a committee made up of previous winners and other representatives from tenured/tenure track faculty, university/senior lecturers and academic support professionals across the university. The committee submits recommendations to GSU President Elaine P. Maimon in April and the winners are announced at Convocation.

"Dr. Dale Schuit is a physical therapist, so helping others comes naturally," said President Maimon. Dr. Schuit is doing collaborative research to analyze the biomechanics and positioning of neck structures. The preliminary results were presented to an international spine conference in Great Britain.

Dr. Shuit's colleagues praise him for being a committed teacher and mentor. He co-chairs the University's Institutional Review Board, the group that ensures that faculty research meets or exceeds federal standards. With his co-chair, Dr. David Rhea, he has increased the expectations and clarity of the IRB process.

"Dale's work helps to bring GSU to a new level in the integration of teaching and research," President Maimon added. 

Dr. Schuit treats students, faculty and staff with great dignity and kindness in his quest to help each achieve his or her own unique potential.

Congratulations, Dr. Schuit!