The three-year professional program leads to a doctor of physical therapy degree.
D'Youville's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students for general therapy practice. Once you enter practice, you may choose to specialize in an area such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, or orthopedics.
- Curriculum includes traditional college coursework, distance learning, clinical fieldwork affiliations and graduate research.
- Enter practice in a minimum of time because our rigorous program is organized into nine consecutive semesters (three-years).
- Learn from faculty experts who are strongly grounded in the clinic, and who hold advanced APTA specialty certifications in pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics and cardiopulmonary physical therapy.
- Gain research experience through community-based research studies in falls prevention, childhood obesity and hippotherapy, or other areas of your choice.
- Over 80% of our clinical courses—labs and lectures—at taught by full-time clinical faculty. They have advanced special certification in their areas of practice, both community and clinically based. This is a unique feature of our program.
- Choose from more than 300 clinical sites for your fieldwork experience. Internet discussion runs concurrently with clinical fieldwork experiences so you always have a connection to your faculty, no matter your location.
- Our PT program sponsors the only hippotherapy program in the region. Students assist with this skilled treatment intervention by using horses to treat children with neurological, physical, emotional and cognitive disability.
- At D'Youville you will do clinical research and serve patients at physical therapy practices in the community. We exceed the level of research required by most PT programs nationally.
- Our graduates enjoy a 97% career placement rate within six months of graduation.
- Our program is demanding in course work, time commitment and financial obligations.
- Students enrolled in the professional program must complete three full-time summer sessions in addition to the six full semesters of course work in the three-year doctoral program.
- Clinical fieldwork, which is scheduled throughout the curriculum, may require an additional expense for travel and room and board.
- Physical therapy students also incur an additional expense for laboratory fees and completing the thesis or clinically applied project.
- Successful defense of the thesis or project, and successful performance on a comprehensive exam are required for graduation from this program.
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