Doctor of Physical Therapy | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Our Mission

As an integral part of Chatham University, the Physical Therapy Program educates doctors of physical therapy who will advance the quality of human life through excellence in clinical practice. The Program educates autonomous practitioners who will meet the challenges of a dynamic health care environment and supports scholarly activity that bridges science and clinical practice.


Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Chatham University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare its graduates for practice in physical therapy at the successful completion of seven terms of study. The DPT program stresses clinical decision-making through the study of patient problems typically encountered in the clinical setting. The problem-based learning curriculum presents physical therapy in an integrated manner organized around body systems. The curriculum stresses the importance of evidence-based practice and professionalism throughout the student's learning experience.


Sawhney-Gough Clinical Excellence Scholarship

In 2017, DPT alumni and faculty, Raj Sawhney and Steve Gough, created the Sawhney-Gough Clinical Excellence Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to a second-year Physical Therapy student at Chatham University's School of Health Sciences. Students must meet GPA requirements, be members of the American Physical Therapy Association, and submit an essay discussing the importance of clinical communication, professionalism, and service activities. Applications are accepted during the fall semester of the second year in the program.

Dr. Sawhney and Dr. Gough have committed $5,000 per year, which will be combined with matching contributions from alumni to award a scholarship of up to $10,000 annually. Make a gift to support the Sawhney-Gough Clinical Excellence Scholarship. Students are emailed scholarship information and application instructions once they become eligible, which is during their second year in the PT program.


Physical Therapy Photos

  • Sabrina Kirby Becca and Liz PT 2017
  • Sabrina BP PT 2017
  • Relay for Life PT 2017
  • Merideth PT 2017
  • Kerrie Morgan PT 2017
  • PT Graduation 2016 Full Class
  • PT Graduation 2016 Award Winners
  • Go Baby Go PT 2017
  • PT Graduation 2015
  • Modalities Lab PT 2017
  • Wheel Chairs PT 2016
  • Wound Lab PT 2017
  • Physical Therapy (DPT) brochure