The University of Utah Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked among the top 10% of all PT programs in the United States. Our program in physical therapy has been preparing students to be highly competent and compassionate professionals for over 50 years. We take pride in bringing together the most advanced educational philosophies and the most current research together with the finest faculty to create an effective and supportive learning environment. We treat students as professionals, requiring personal accountability.
Our program now offers three options to earn a DPT to accommodate every type of learner.
Admissions, prerequisites, application requirements, and curriculum for each option are identical. Visit our website for more details. While our Residential DPT degree options are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), CAPTE approval for the Hybrid Option is pending and anticipated by December 2022. The program admits 118 students each year (50 - Salt Lake City Residential, 18 - St. George Residential, and 50 - Hybrid). Courses cover 9 semesters over 3 years culminating in an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree. Since 2008, our graduates have achieved a 99% first-time pass rate on the national license exam. Employment rates are 100% as reported by graduates actively seeking practice positions (4-year average). Full-time faculty includes ABPTS specialists, master clinicians in neurological rehabilitation, orthopedic and sports, infectious disease, burn and wound care, as well as education. The University of Utah Physical Therapy Department houses three research laboratories: The Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility, the Clinical Neuromuscular Laboratory, and the Motion Capture Core Facility. The Department is affiliated with the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, a large regional tertiary care facility. In addition, the L.S. Skaggs Wellness Center and the Balance and Mobility Clinic service the community through exercise groups for individuals with CVA, Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes. The Department also has ties with Primary Children's Medical Center, Shriners' Hospital for Children, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The University of Utah, founded in 1850, is a flourishing 1,500-acre campus located in the high, mountain-rimmed Salt Lake Valley. The University of Utah is classified by the Carnegie Commission as one of 151 Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive from among 3,941 U.S. institutions.
The University of Utah DPT Program offers a residential option in St. George, Utah. Our facilities are located on the Utah Tech University campus. Please indicate your location choice on your PTCAS application.
If admitted to the program, receipt of a non-refundable, admission deposit fee of $750.00. Deposit payments are expected within one week from receipt of acceptance, to secure your place in the class. An administrative fee of $250 will be deducted and the balance of $500 will be applied to your first semester tuition.