DPT Program Description
Physical Therapy Program

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

School of Health Professions and Education

Utica College has approved a new physical therapy curriculum that, among other changes, now requires summer classes.  The Department of Education for New York State approved the curriculum on May 1, 2013.

An extensive review of the curriculum was completed during the 2012-2013 academic year. The three year professional program will occur over 9 semesters, including three summer semesters (a common design for most doctoral programs in physical therapy). Enrollment in summer classes will have financial implications and students are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to understand and plan for the costs associated with this doctoral education.

The curriculum differs from the prior one in design, delivery and total credit hours and was created with a dual purpose: to enhance the educational experience for our students while leading to improved program outcomes. The curriculum integrates traditional instruction with case analysis to guide, stimulate, and challenge student learning, while fostering development as professionals with sound reasoning skills.

Capstone projects under faculty supervision provide opportunities for students to meet the profession’s expectation for students to become consumers of research. A progression of critical inquiry and evidence based practice will result in case reports or systematic reviews.

Students will participate in 30 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences in a variety of settings, working with individuals across the lifespan. The final two semesters (Fall and Spring) in the third year are devoted to clinical education. In addition, four integrated clinical experiences occur during the academic semesters on campus, providing experiential learning in community settings with emphasis on prevention and wellness.

Students will continue in the three year doctoral program and pending successful completion of all program requirements will graduate with the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the spring semester of the third year.

Doctor of Physical Therapy: Entry Level Program

Graduate Catalog listing: Program Requirements and Learning Objectives

If you have questions, please contact jrowe@utica.edu

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John Rowe
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