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What are the roles of a physical therapist?

Today's physical therapist plays many roles as a member of a healthcare team. Our faculty is invested in nurturing students in roles such as:

  • Competent clinician
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Researcher
  • Life-long learner
  • Service provider and partner in healthcare
  • Responsible member of society
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Physical Therapy students

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a professional program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  The department has prerequisite courses for admission to the program and accepts students only in the fall semester each year.

The curriculum consists of 113 semester hours of coursework offered in eight consecutive semesters. Enrolled students are expected to attend classes full time. All academic courses are taught on the campus.

Our administration and faculty are enthusiastically committed to the physical therapy profession and to superior teaching and learning and recognize that a physical therapist's first responsibilities are to the patient and the community.

In addition to traditional physical therapy education, we offer practical and reflective activities enabling our graduates to face the urgent challenges present in today's health care environment. Just as a physical therapist must acknowledge the whole patient—not simply a set of presenting symptoms—we honor each student, and encourage his or her unique personal and professional development. If accepted to the program, you will be welcomed as a colleague and a contributing member of our community.

Please visit Student Outcomes Data for Past Four Years for current data.

The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to addressing complaints and/or concerns about any aspect of our services. Every effort will be made to understand the complaint and/or concern and respond in an appropriate manner.  For complaints/concerns regarding the Department please see the Policy on Filing Formal Complaints (and Complaint Form). For complaints to the accreditation agency (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) please see the Formal Complaint Policy.

For more information, please read our program overviewbrowse our FAQS, or contact us with your questions.


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