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Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences

Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology

Mission Statement

The UMass Lowell Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology mission is to promote human health and development through:

  • Teaching of theory and practice of physical therapy and exercise science in classroom and community-based settings preparing graduates to practice their profession with knowledge, competence, and respect for human well-being;
  • Scholarship in the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge in physical therapy and health; and
  • Public service in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations advancing intervention and prevention-based strategies in health.


The Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology has a long and rich history that started with a focus on physical therapy education. Founded in 1976, the then-named Department of Physical Therapy was the first and only public institution of higher education in Massachusetts to offer a physical therapy degree program, which still holds true today. The program has been accredited now for nearly 30 years. Graduates of our program earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology offers a four-year undergraduate bachelor’s program in Exercise Science with concentrations in Clinical, Strength and Conditioning, Pre-Physician Assistant, and Exercise and Fitness Management. It also offers a three-year Doctor in Physical Therapy program. 

For additional information, visit the Department of Physical Therapy & Kinesiology website.