The physical therapy department, within the School of Allied Health Sciences, offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. The program comprises intense academic and clinical work spread out during six semesters and three summers as well as 112 credit hours of graduate course work divided among classroom, clinical, and research activities. Students are prepared as generalists but then have an opportunity to investigate the orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations of physical therapy through clinical exposures and student research opportunities.
The department, formed in 1998, originally was a master’s program. The master’s in physical therapy program transitioned to a doctorate program in 2007.
The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility. The program has high first-time pass rates among students taking the national board exams, as well as high graduation and employment rates.