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. Ann Vendrely
  • Admissions Advisor (Conductive Education certificate)
    Dr. Roberta O'Shea