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About the Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the pre-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The DPT is a post-baccalaureate entry-level clinical degree that prepares the graduate to become a Physical Therapist. It is a full-time three-calendar year program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 


A new group of 30 students matriculate each year during the Fall semester and will complete the required coursework as a cohort. The DPT program provides students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy. In addition to the classroom learning, students will participate in full-time clinical rotations during the second and third years of the program, as well as a part-time 16-week integrated clinical experience during the first year. Clinical education prepares students to understand, correlate, and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy. Through it all, students will be challenged to engage in reflection and critical self-assessment to serve as a foundation for mastery of entry-level professional clinical skills and to develop a habit of lifelong learning.