University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy
540 South College Avenue STAR Health Sciences Complex - Suite 210 Newark DE 19713 United States
Phone+1 302.831.8910
Fax+1 302.831.4234
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Program Description

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Delaware (UD) is involved in several exciting educational programs, including our outstanding DPT program, a highly successful interdisciplinary PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences, credentialed clinical residency programs for practicing clinicians in sports, orthopedic, geriatric, neurologic, and acute care physical therapy, and a fellowship in manual therapy. 

Located on the new STAR campus, student instruction takes place in modern state-of-the-art facilities. Two on-site, full-service physical therapy clinics managed by the Department also provide outstanding integrated clinical education experiences for all DPT students. Clinical and translational research laboratories within the same physical facility provide students with an authentic perspective of how the discovery of new knowledge informs academic teaching and clinical practice.

The DPT program begins in late June and continues for 2.5 calendar years (including summer and winter sessions). UD has a total student enrollment of over 23,000, which includes approximately 4,300 graduate students. The DPT program currently enrolls approximately 60 students per cohort.

All students in the DPT program live off campus. The UD campus is located in Newark, which is approximately 40 miles south of Philadelphia and 60 miles north of Baltimore. There are many cultural and entertainment activities conducted at or near the University.

Three terminal full-time clinical education experiences occur at the conclusion of the didactic curriculum. Each clinical internship is 10 weeks in length. Students are required to complete internships in the following areas: inpatient, outpatient, and elective (practice setting or population of choice). The identification and development of quality clinical partners has been a strategic priority and has resulted in the maintenance of clinical contracts with over 355 facilities throughout the United States. Students are also required to complete three semester-long, part-time, integrated clinical education experiences (ICEs) during the first two years in the program. All students will complete ICEs in the following areas: sports and orthopedics, neurologic and older adult, and pediatrics. 

The Department is also proud to report superior metrics on pass rates for the licensure examination and obtainment of post-graduation employment.

UDPT boasts a large teaching faculty representing content expertise in all clinical practice domains. Students receive instruction from 31 faculty holding primary or secondary appointments and over 75 associated faculty members. Of the 18 core faculty who hold primary appointments, 16 hold a PhD or other academic doctoral degree and are either tenured or on the tenure-track. The remaining faculty possess clinical doctorates and maintain areas of practice expertise. Our collective faculty also embodies many therapists who maintain board certification as a clinical specialist in one or more practice areas. Over the past three years, the faculty has averaged over 80 research publications per year in peer- reviewed journals. During academic year 2020-21, the total grant funding available to the University of Delaware Physical Therapy is approximately $41.2 million. Most of this funding is from the National Institute of Health.

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