Messiah University launches Doctor of Science in physical therapy degree

Messiah University launches Doctor of Science in physical therapy degree

Two men and a woman stand around a patient as she lays on a bed with her knee up, getting pushed on by the woman.Messiah University School of Graduate and Professional Studies is pleased to announce the addition of a Doctor of Science in physical therapy (DSc in PT) degree to its graduate curriculum. The Dsc in PT is a terminal academic degree for physical therapy clinicians who would like to transition into higher education as an educator or for clinical professors interested in transitioning to a tenure-track research-focused role. Classes begin in July 2023.

“In the last year, Messiah University has expanded its continuing education options for physical therapists,” said Jennifer Fisler, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Messiah. “In addition to PT continuing education courses and an orthopedic clinical residency program, we are excited to announce that we will be one of a few institutions in the United States to offer a Doctor of Science in physical therapy degree.”

An educational partnership with NAIOMT has allowed Messiah to bring robust post-graduate education options to Messiah DPT graduates and the PT community. “We are jointly forming this degree to intentionally promote lifelong learning and to develop the next generation of scholars, educators and higher education leaders,” said Rob Pepper, executive director/assistant to the president for innovation and university partnerships at Messiah.

Messiah’s DSC in PT can be completed predominantly online and in four to five years. It has degree tracks in academic leadership and orthopaedic manual therapy. For more information, visit­_PT.

Two men sit at a table and examine a fake human spine.About Messiah University

Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences that enrolls nearly 3,300 undergraduate, adult degree program and graduate students.


NAIOMT is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists. NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.