College Of Health & Human Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

Physical Therapy Clinic at HHS building

 

Program Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 33-month, full-time, entry-level program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). In August of each year, a 32-student cohort begins a dynamic learning process that promotes inter-professional collaboration, evidence-based practice, scholarship, and community engagement. The challenging curriculumis taught by faculty who are committed to students learning with a focus on their success in becoming exceptional clinicians. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree and completed prerequisite courses with a high grade point average.

We are very proud of our Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates for a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam for the past three years.

See student outcomes data - past four years.


Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 111 semester hours of coursework offered in eight consecutive semesters, that begins by building a strong foundation of knowledge in the movement sciences and progresses to more complex applied clinical science and reasoning. All enrolled students attend classes full time on-campus. 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.

The program offers students the foundational coursework to become a strong generalist clinician. Integrated clinical experiences are incorporated through program to help student gain important clinical context and apply their learned knowledge and skills to authentic scenarios. We continue to expand and strengthen our robust partnerships with clinical sites to create additional opportunities for clinical education experiences.

Program summary:

  • 33-months (full-time only)
  • 8 semesters
  • 111 credits
  • 4 clinical education experiences (34 weeks)
  • Classes begin in August
  • Graduation in May
  • DPT Curriculum summary

Curriculum chart


PT program facilities

DPT faculty

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