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
CAPTE Accredited

The Department of Physical Therapy is seeking CAPTE approval to implement further changes to the curriculum and plan of study.  The proposed changes would reduce the program length to 7-terms over 2.3 years, and add a new Hybrid DPT program that parallels the residential program.  All applicants will be notified and provided with the details of these changes to the curriculum and plan of study if and when the changes are approved by CAPTE.

Program Description

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Effective December 2019, the time to degree was shortened to 8 terms, 2.6 years.  Ranked 1st in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Therapy is a highly respected physical therapy program which educates practitioners who lead the way in helping people of all ages to overcome movement, function, and mobility challenges. The program is open to students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. 

We offer a superior entry-level professional physical therapy program. Our rigorous curriculum includes a comprehensive array of course offerings in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, cardiopulmonary, geriatric, and pediatric physical therapy. 

Our clinical education program is integrated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and its partner, the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. We offer placements in various clinical settings, including acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, short- and long-term rehabilitation, sports medicine, and orthopedics, as well as a variety of clinical specialties, including women's health, neurologic rehabilitation, spine care, balance and vestibular disorders, including concussion management. 

Graduates of the University of Pittsburgh consistently achieve a near-perfect pass rate on licensing exams and enter the job market with significant internship and clinical experience that sets them apart from other applicants. 

The DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
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DPT/PhD dual degree program with Bioengineering.
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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.  
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