Darla Vale, PhD, RN, CCRN, Dean of Health Sciences
Rosanne Thomas, Ph.D., PT, Chairperson of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) is a comprehensive degree program designed to prepare a clinician who can think critically and solve problems; apply scientifically validated therapeutic skills and techniques effectively; respect the uniqueness, dignity and diversity of the individual; and understand the responsibilities of the health care provider in the professional and community life of the next century.
The professional course work of the DPT program encompasses three years including three summers. The full-time clinical internships are completed off-campus and may involve travel and/or relocation. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate must apply for and successfully pass the licensure examination for physical therapists conducted by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and apply for licensure to the physical therapy licensure board in the state where they plan to work.