Academic Catalog


Doctor of Physical Therapy Physical Therapy (DPT)

Archana Vatwani, Physical Therapy Graduate Program Director

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is designed to professionally prepare students with the knowledge and clinical experiences to become licensed physical therapists who will enter general physical therapy practice. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to sit for licensure in any United States jurisdiction and practice in any health care setting where physical therapy is offered. The curriculum consists of 116 credit hours over a three-year period of time including summers. There are three full-time clinical internships totaling 32 weeks. The first two are completed over the second and third summers, with the final 14 weeks of clinical education occurring in the spring semester preceding graduation. A variety of clinical facilities locally, throughout Virginia, and the United States are used for internship experiences. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these off-campus clinical sites.