Doctor of Physical Therapy
The mission of the University's DPT program is to graduate competent, versatile, reflective, empathetic and autonomous practitioners who by virtue of their critical thinking and active learning skills, clinical experience, diagnostic proficiency, ethical and behavioral standards and commitment to professionalism, will be prepared to assist and direct the patient or client in achieving optimum function. These practitioners will contribute to their practice and society through continued professional growth and personal example of a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Physical Therapy is a health profession involved in prevention, evaluation and treatment of physical dysfunction and injury. The practice is based in movement sciences. Physical therapists aid patients from pediatrics to geriatrics in the best methods of restoring an optimum quality of life.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Program
The Institute of Physical Therapy offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) as a first professional degree to those candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses. The DPT program takes seven trimesters (2.3 years) to complete. The first six trimesters provide the foundation needed for the general practice of physical therapy while the seventh trimester offers courses leading to several specializations including manual physical therapy. The DPT prepares you to take the national licensure exam necessary to practice Physical Therapy.
The DPT degree program is full-time and is offered in San Marcos, CA, St. Augustine, FL and Austin, TX. Classes begin three times per year: September, January and May.
The University’s pioneering efforts in Physical and Occupational Therapy education brought distance education and its associated technologies to our degree and non-degree programs. By using distance education, we are able to bring education anytime, anywhere and to supplement all programs with the ability to review and study online. Our students, even when on clinical affiliation, continue to receive instruction from the University through our distance education platform.
We strive to offer the highest quality classroom instruction and online courses while taking pride in making the entire educational experience accessible and interactive for students. The program includes face-to-face, fully-online coursework and blended instruction. This blended learning approach allows our students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips. All online courses were developed with an in-depth understanding of the educational needs of our students, how they will best retain the information provided to them and the ease of accessibility to key university support services and staff to offer assistance along the way. Our lab classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive distance activities and augmented by in-class discussions. All courses utilize some online learning component.
- Small class ratios promoting development of close relationships with both faculty and peers.
- An interdisciplinary educational curriculum where occupational and physical therapy students take classes and work together as commonly practiced in clinical settings.
- Well-educated and experienced faculty who are attuned to student needs.
- St. Augustine, San Marcos and Austin are ideal for student life with excellent recreational and cultural activities.
The Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
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