Chapman University (Fall Start Date) Department of Physical Therapy
Harry & Diane Rinker Health Science Campus 9401 Jeronimo Road Irvine CA 92618 United States
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Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the Chapman University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. At Chapman University, the faculty embody the mission of the University and of the Department for providing a personalized education of distinction with an evidence based approach. In addition, the faculty believe in, and prepare students for, current standards of PT practice as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

There are 17 full time faculty and over 60 part time faculty; all supported by clinicians in over 400 contracted sites who assist in the overall education of the students. Chapman provides a challenging and rewarding curriculum and we continually strive to improve and respond to feedback. The physical therapy program accepts up to 40 students in the Summer and Fall from a large number of qualified applicants.

The program requires 3 years of continuous enrollment and consists of 126 units of didactic and clinical instruction with up to 40 weeks of off-site clinical experiences integrated throughout the program. The integrated program is designed to produce top-level clinicians. Chapman boasts a 100% licensure pass-rate and employment rate for graduates of our DPT program. 

While the program is demanding, the students in the Chapman University DPT program still find time for fun. We encourage our students to maintain a balance in life and provide opportunities for such activities as parties, marathons or 5K runs. Each class moves through the program together throughout the curriculum and this provides opportunities to develop and nurture lasting relationships. The DPT program at Chapman University is an excellent choice for students seeking a personalized education. 

With many institutions moving to Pass/Credit and Online instruction, we will accept Pass/Credit coursework and online coursework taken between March 2020 and June 2022. Courses taken outside this time frame must be taken in person and include a letter grade to meet the program expectations.

We welcome you to visit our state-of-the-art facilities, at the Harry & Diane Rinker Health Science Graduate Campus in Irvine, California.  Please refer to the CU Safely back protocols when planning a visit.

We are available via email at and invite you to reach out with your questions.

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Dual Degrees
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All admitted students must officially accept their offer of admission by submitting a non-refundable deposit to reserve a seat; deposit will be applied to first term's tuition. 
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Additional information about the class profile
Fall classes begin on August 28, 2023.   Orientation will be held over the course of two days and is mandatory.  During the recent application cycle, orientation was held two weeks prior to start of classes.

No more than two science prerequisite courses and one human behavior or statistics prerequisite course (a total of three prerequisite courses) may be incomplete when the candidate submits their application. Preference may be given to applicants with the fewest pending admission requirements.

Persons who have been dismissed from another physical therapy program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.

Chapman University considers all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, special needs, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws.  Applicants who decline or are denied admission may reapply in any subsequent year.  Admission requirements are subject to change, and admission in one year does not guarantee admission in any subsequent year.
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Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No