The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is a fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Through an intensive three-year course of study, you'll learn about basic sciences, evaluative and treatment theories, intervention techniques, and other clinical skills. As a URI physical therapy student, you will have unique opportunities to stretch your personal and professional skills through experiences that go far beyond traditional settings. For us, this makes the difference between developing good practitioners, and great ones.At URI you'll progressively develop your physical therapy knowledge and skill through a solid, effective curriculum rooted in integration of the three components of evidence-based medicine: research, clinical expertise, and patient values. You'll actively participate in early clinical experiences designed to put into practice the material learned in the classroom, as well as contribute to research projects. And our tuition and fee totals are highly competitive, whether you're a Rhode Islander or from another state.While the URI's DPT curriculum offers plenty of opportunities to learn and practice in traditional clinical settings, you will also have a chance to explore more non-traditional settings. We offer a unique course called Broadening Experiences, where you'll design and plan a two-week service experience, then go wherever that plan takes you during your second year. Whether it's working with dolphins learning how to use their new prosthetic tails in Florida, working with children with disabilities in Guatemala, or studying health care practices in India, these two weeks just might change your life.As a DPT student at URI you'll become very familiar with your 32-person cohort during your three years here, but you will also get to know students and faculty from other disciplines, and schools, through our Interprofessional Education program. In a series of Interprofessional Education workshops, you'll work in teams with URI students and faculty from pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, kinesiology, and communicative disorders, as well as faculty and students from Rhode Island College's nursing and social work programs and Brown University's medical school.Clinical experiences abound through working with patients as a component of coursework, volunteering your newly learned skills in our on-site outpatient clinic, or helping with our community based exercise classes for persons with Parkinson's Disease or with balance disorders. In addition, every semester you are taking classes you will also spend one half day a week in a local practice setting.
A $1000, non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance. This is not an additional fee, but will be credited to the students' Fall 2018 tuition bill.
Program gives preference to applicants with:
1) a broad understanding of the physical therapy profession evidenced by observation hours in multiple clinical settings,
2) diverse life experiences,
3) evidence of leadership experience.