If you're looking for an outstanding educational experience in one of the fastest-growing professions, look no further than GovState'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.


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). Their address is 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085. You can contact them via phone: 800-999-2782, email: accreditation@apta.org, or website: http://www.capteonline.org. If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. David Diers, Department Chair at 708-235-22322 or email: ddiers@govst.edu.


Department of Physical Therapy Mission Statement

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

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 15 % from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations (Source). Demand for physical therapists has grown by more than 34% as of 2024 and the amount of Physical Therapists who are employed has increased to 240,820 nationally. National annual salaries range from $72,260 to $130,870 depending on your job title and experience. Feel free to check out the Industry Profile for Physical Therapists section to get a better understanding of how much physical therapists can make when working in a specific industry. (Source). Salary.com says the range of annual salaries in Chicago, IL is $88,899 to $123,528 also depending on your job title and experience, and the average annual salary is now $105,920.

2024 DPT Fact Sheet

Contact Us

For any additional questions you may have, please reach out to our Department Chair:

Dr. David Diers
Phone: 708.534.7290
Email: ddiers@govst.edu