Physical therapists are projected to be in great demand, with employment opportunities growing much faster than average -- by more than 34 percent -- through 2024. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Physical Therapists, on the Internet. (Visited 10/22/2016)


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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. 



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.

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The third Excellence Award went to
 Dr. Renee Theiss,
 Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the
  College of Health and Human Services.

Renee Theiss  In addition to teaching graduate-level Human Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience courses at Governors State University, Dr. Theiss serves as co-chair for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Theiss also served as Chair of the GSU Institutional Review Board during academic year 2017-18, in which she oversaw the conversion of the submission process to be completely online. Renee’s teaching evaluations are superior, with students commenting on her approachability and willingness to go the extra mile. Most notable, she has secured more than $400,000 in total research grant funding since earning her doctorate.