DPT Programs in New Hampshire

Anyone interested in earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in the state of New Hampshire has two on-campus options that they can consider – Franklin Pierce University and Plymouth State University. Due to the limited options, some New Hampshire residents may not live within commuting distance to one of the campuses in the state. When this is the case, there are also online hybrid options that aspiring DPTs can consider that allow them to complete much of their degrees from the comfort of home. Some students may find it difficult to decide whether an on campus or online program is best for them. This resource will help you ask yourself the right questions so that you can start figuring out which programs may be best for you.

Arcadia University

College of Health Sciences


Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your DPT from a hybrid program. Experience on-campus immersions and apply skills learned online to patients in person. Complete the program in 25 months. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree but do not need to submit GRE test scores for admission.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 
  • Complete in 25 months  
  • 32 weeks of in-person experience

University of Southern California (USC)

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

With USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, aspiring physical therapists can earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in an innovative hybrid format. Bachelor’s required.

  • Full-time, three-year program 
  • 44 weeks of rich, varied clinical experiences 
  • Regular visits to USC for on-campus, skill-building immersions


Online DPT Programs vs On Campus Programs in New Hampshire

The process of narrowing down schools to apply to can start with determining which programs you wouldn’t be able to attend. If there are any constraints in your schedule that limit your availability (i.e. inability to attend classes during day or at night) you should vet all options accordingly and eliminate those that do not fit. Likewise, you should consider how far you are willing to commute (or relocate) in order to get to campus, and eliminate any choices that don’t fit your criteria there, either. If you are starting to realize that you may need more flexibility in order to complete your degree, you may want to think about an online DPT program.

Last Updated 11/8/2021

Online DPT Programs in New Hampshire

Currently, all online physical therapy programs are considered hybrid, as while classes are mainly online, you will occasionally be required to report to campus for hands-on learning requirements. There are some things that simply need to be learned in person in order for students to be prepared for certification. Despite these infrequent trips to campus, the fact that courses are mostly online typically offers more flexibility to students.

When it comes to the format of online courses, they can either be delivered synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronously delivered courses require logging in at a certain time because they are live. The benefit of synchronous learning is that it maintains some of the collaboration and discussion that are associated with in person learning, particularly if webcams are being used. Asynchronous learning can be done on one’s own time because it is not live and does not require collaboration. The benefit of asynchronous learning is that it can accommodate the busiest of schedules.

No matter which route you choose, you will need to complete clinical requirements in person at placement sites. Your online program may be able to help you secure local placement sites, make sure the program you enroll in is able to offer you the level of assistance that you need.

On Campus DPT Programs in New Hampshire

On campus learning is familiar to most – students go to class, take exams, and earn credits towards their degrees all on a school’s campus, perhaps completing homework and readings in between. With on campus programs, clinical placements are likely off campus but in the region around the university.

How Long do New Hampshire DPT Programs Take to Complete?

Earning a DPT may take between two and a half and three years to complete, but sometimes more or less time. For information on specific curriculum format and timing, check the websites of the programs you are interested in.

You can see the specific program lengths for all New Hampshire on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.

Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to New Hampshire Students

The following hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are available to students in New Hampshire.

On Campus DPT Programs in New Hampshire

The following DPT programs can be found on New Hampshire campuses:

General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in New Hampshire

To become a physical therapist in New Hampshire, here are some common steps:

  1. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree – Consider looking for physical therapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which may help you ensure you meet certification requirements in the future.
  2. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – To do this, you will likely need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of New Hampshire.
  3. Get Licensed – You may want to make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board so that the state can issue your certification once you pass and check with the board to make sure you meet any additional requirements for licensure. This is a high-level overview, make sure to check out New Hampshire’s state board for exact requirements.