Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Professional Program

The entry-level professional physical therapy program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and who wish to become qualified as physical therapists. Students have the opportunity to acquire basic competencies of physical therapy, participate in supervised clinical experiences, and develop skills in education, health promotion, management, and research.

At the time of graduation, students are expected to:

  • Be prepared as entry-level clinicians to practice in a variety of settings
  • Utilize critical thinking and reasoning skills in all patient/client management decisions
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, interpret, and apply evidence to clinical practice
  • Practice in a manner consistent with the core values of the profession as described by the document: Professionalism in Physical Therapy: Core Values (APTA)
  • Adhere to the ethical and legal physical therapy practice standards

Admission Requirements & Deadlines

      Applicants should refer to the program website for the most up-to-date admission requirements and application deadlines.

      Degree Requirements

      Candidates must complete a minimum of 96 credits, including a minimum of 40 weeks of clinical experience, to fulfill degree requirements. All requirements must be completed within six years of initial acceptance. The curriculum is designed for full-time study; part-time enrollment is not an option. Degree candidates must attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. No grade below a C is acceptable for credit. For further details, please refer to the DPT Policy & Procedures Manual on our website.

      Curriculum

      The following is a typical three-year program for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

      Professional Curriculum: DPT

      Summer Term I

      • SAR HS 581 Gross Human Anatomy

      Summer Term II

      • SAR PT 515 Physical Therapy Examination
      • SAR PT 520 Functional Anatomy

      First Year (DPT I)

      First Semester

      • SAR HP 531 Clinical Medicine I
      • SAR PT 566 Evidence-Based Practice I (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 511 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System I (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 521 Musculoskeletal System I (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 555 Integrated Clinical Experience I (1 cr)

      Second Semester

      • SAR HP 532 Clinical Medicine II
      • SAR PT 512 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System II (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 522 Musculoskeletal System II (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 551 Neuroscience for the Physical Therapist
      • SAR PT 565 Integrated Clinical Experience II (1 cr)
      • SAR PT 720 Educational Theory & Practice (2 cr)

      Summer

      • SAR PT 791 Clinical Experience I (0 cr) Fee

      Second Year (DPT II)

      First Semester

      • SAR HP 662 Evidence-Based Practice II (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 550 Scientific Basis of Human Movement (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 610 Health Promotion & Wellness (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 634 Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals
      • SAR PT 652 Neurological System I (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 691 Clinical Education Seminar I (1 cr)

      Second Semester

      • SAR PT 623 Musculoskeletal System III (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 653 Neurological System II (6 cr)
      • SAR PT 682 Academic Practicum I (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 692 Clinical Education Seminar II (1 cr)

      Summer

      • SAR PT 792 Clinical Experience II (0 cr) Fee

      Third Year (DPT III)

      First Semester

      • SAR HP 770 Health Care Management
      • SAR PT 756 Pediatrics (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 773 Comprehensive Clinical Reasoning
      • SAR PT 782 Academic Practicum II (2 cr)
      • SAR PT 794 Clinical Education Seminar III (1 cr)
      • SAR PT 760 Special Topics Seminar (1 cr)

      Second Semester

      • SAR PT 793 Clinical Education Experience III (0 cr)