Physical therapy is a health profession involved in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of limited physical activity and injury. The practice is based in movement sciences with a theoretical and scientific base. Physical therapists aid patients from pediatrics to geriatrics in the best methods of restoring an optimum quality of life. Physical therapists practice in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, school systems, pediatric clinics, burn centers, wellness facilities, and in private practice.
The mission of the University’s DPT program is to graduate proficient and caring physical therapists who are prepared to work collaboratively in interprofessional settings to guide the patient/client to achieve optimal movement.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the DPT program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to
- engage in personal and professional development and lifelong learning activities;
- practice physical therapy in a manner that supports cooperative relationships with patients/clients, other healthcare providers, and the community;
- perform critical thinking and evidence-informed physical therapist practice based on foundational knowledge and professional clinical skills;
- implement effective communication and principles of ethical and professional behavior in physical therapist practice; and
- display qualities of leadership in physical therapist practice to advance the profession of physical therapy and the well-being of society.
See Admissions, Records, and Registration for prerequisites and application information.
Delivery of Coursework
The DPT program requires 131 credits and is offered as a residential (i.e., campus-based) program over eight trimesters. Coursework is provided in a blended learning format, which is a combination of an online learning component with classroom instruction. Lab classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive online activities and augmented by in-class discussions, patient interactions, and simulation. This learning style allows students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips.
Standard Occupational Classification codes for which program is intended to prepare graduates: Physical Therapist (29-1123); Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (25-1071)
California PT Licensure
As of the date of publication of the catalog/handbook, in order to be eligible for professional licensure as a Physical Therapist in California, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program graduates must hold a degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program. DPT graduates that are applying for licensure in the state of California are required to submit an Application of Examination and/or Licensure and all other required documentation, Certificate of Completion Form (P1E) completed by the registrar, application fee, and passing licensure exam score from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to the Physical Therapy Board of California.
Washington State Residents
The DPT program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in Washington state.