Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Physical Therapy is a 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.
The mission of the University’s DPT program is to graduate competent, versatile, reflective, empathetic and autonomous practitioners. Students at USAHS will develop critical thinking and active learning skills, clinical experience, diagnostic proficiency, ethical and behavioral standards and commitment to professionalism, and will be prepared to assist and direct the patient or client in achieving optimum function.
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Hear why some of our students and faculty chose the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program:
Choose Your Path
We offer our students two different paths to earn their DPT degree. Choose the one that’s right for you.
|Full-Time DPT||Flex DPT|
|131 credit hours over 8 trimesters||131 credit hours over 12 trimesters|
|Sept, Jan, & May start dates||Sept, Jan, & May start dates|
|2.7 years||4 years|
|Degree earned: DPT||Degree earned: DPT|
Why Physical Therapy?
There are myriad reasons to choose Physical Therapy as your career. Our students are passionate about helping others and find working with patients to be very rewarding. Others enjoy the geographic flexibility and job stability that a Physical Therapy career can provide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for physical therapists will increase by 34% between the years of 2014-2024, which is well above the national average for all occupations. To learn more about a career in physical therapy, join one of our online academic information sessions.
Our pioneering efforts in Physical Therapy education have established an environment of excellence in our DPT programs. 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.
Most of our expert faculty are still practicing clinicians ensuring that your education with be relevant and up-to-date with the latest research and methods in the ever-improving physical therapy industry. You will learn and work with other health care students, such as occupational therapist candidates, just as you would in a clinical setting. And our student-centered environment ensures that you’ll get personal attention and individualized assistance throughout the program. Learn from a University that specializes in the Health Sciences and excellence in graduate education.
Physical Therapy Online Courses for Foreign-Trained Physical/Physio-Therapists and Non-Degree Seeking Students
If you earned your physical therapy degree and license to practice in a location outside the United States, USAHS offers a comprehensive catalog of courses focused on competencies often required by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). These courses are designed specifically to meet the needs of non-degree-seeking students, particularly foreign-trained physical therapists. Go to the section for foreign-trained physical therapists to learn more.
 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook