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Course of study will be long (119 hours) and challenging. But the rewards will make the journey one well worth taking. When you walk to the podium and receive your doctorate, you and your fellow healthcare professionals will know you have mastered each of the following skills.

Student Goal and Objectives


Students are prepared for initial practice in physical therapy and life-long learning.


After completing the DPT program, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide quality patient-centered health care grounded in legal and professional standards and ethical principles.
  2. Incorporate sound clinical reasoning and problem solving to deliver safe, high-quality patient/client management consistent with current best practices to a diverse population across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
  3. Practice cultural humility and social responsibility consistent with the professional core values of the APTA.
  4. Maximize delivery of care through competent decision-making within inter and intra-professional collaboration, consultation, and referral to others to optimize patient outcomes.
  5. Pursue life-long learning for professional development.