University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy
Bridgeside Point I 100 Technology Drive, Suite 210 Department of Physical Therapy Pittsburgh PA 15219 United States
Phone+1 412.383.3263
Public
CAPTE Accredited

"This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS."

Program Description

The Pitt DPT program offers a dynamic 7-term core curriculum in two formats: a traditional on-campus residential option and hybrid option, which includes both remote and on-campus learning opportunities.

Program SummaryResidential OptionHybrid Option
EffortFull-time, 50-60 hrs/wkFull-time, 50-60 hrs/wk
Class Size6090
Credits106106
Program Length7 consecutive terms7 consecutive terms
Start DateFall only (August)Fall only (August)
Didactic MethodOn-campus lecturesRemote instruction (mix of asynchronous and synchronous sessions)
Lab MethodOn-campus labsMix of remote lab activities and on-campus immersion labs (2 times per semester during Terms 1-5)
Clinical Education42-weeks, full-time42-weeks, full-time

Both the residential and hybrid options engage students in interactive training, labs and coursework that equip graduates to become leading experts in providing efficient and effective patient-centered care. Core areas of study include:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuromuscular
  • Integumentary
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics

Through extensive clinical placements, students gain hands-on experiences in well renowned medical and rehabilitation centers. Pitt's wide network of clinical partnerships provides students with opportunities to learn in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, short- and long-term rehabilitation, sports medicine, and orthopedics. Across the 42 weeks of full-time clinical experience, students learn and deliver high quality care alongside some of the region's and nation's leading physical therapy experts in women's health, neurologic rehabilitation, spine care, balance and vestibular disorders, including concussion management, honing skills in the areas of musculoskeletal injury, vestibular disorders, spine care, and movement dysfunction. 

Clinical experiences for both formats include:

  • 6-week full-time integrated clinical (Term 2-3)
  • 6-week full-time integrated clinical (Term 3-4)
  • 15-week full-time terminal clinical (Term 6)
  • 15-week full-time terminal clinical (Term 7)

View curriculum chart.

Immersion Experiences for Hybrid Students

 

Financial Matters:

The flat rate of tuition cost for the DPT Residential option for in-state residents entering Pitt in August 2021 is $14,023 per term ($98,167 total for 7 terms) and for out-of-state residents is $16,429 per term ($115,000 total for 7 terms). The flat rate of tuition for the DPT Hybrid offering is $14,023 per term ($98,167 total for 7 terms) regardless of place of residence. Check out the Financial Matters link on our website to learn more about tuition and fees.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please email ptinfo@shrs.pitt.edu.

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Yes
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
DPT/PhD dual degree program with Bioengineering.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$1250
Additional Information about Deposit
We will collect deposits on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle.  Each applicant will be given a specific deadline date for their required deposit at the time of acceptance.  
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2022
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$98167
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$115000
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
150
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
90
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
49%
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
51%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S/non-Canadian) applicants accepted
0%
Sex
% Male
24%
% Female 
76%
% Declining to State
0%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
1.7%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
5%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1.7%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
86.6%
% Two or More Races 
5%
% Declining to State 
0%
Additional information about the class profile
The University of Pittsburgh DPT program welcomes students with diverse majors, experiences, backgrounds, cultures, and ambitions.  We are looking for bold students who are looking to make a difference in the health of their future patients, communities in which they live and serve, and society at large.  Successful students have demonstrated significant service to their communities and have shown leadership in a variety of forms.  Successful students have taken on the mantle of a physical therapy colleague, allowing their actions and decisions to be led with great professionalism, compassion, and strong ethical decision making.
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