University of Vermont Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science
106 Carrigan Drive Office of Student Services Burlington VT 05405 United States
Program Description
University of Vermont (UVM) is a Public Ivy and top 100 research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1973 and has been recognized for producing graduates who are exemplary clinical scholars.

The program consists of 102 graduate credits offered in a 2.5-year full-time program format, over 8 semesters inclusive of summers, that leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates are prepared as primary care movement system experts who translate evidence into contemporary best practice. Graduates advocate to improve health outcomes and well-being at the individual and community level.

The movement system is the foundation of our curriculum design. Organized in a systems-based model, our curriculum integrates the basic and clinical sciences across the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular/pulmonary, integumentary and endocrine systems to facilitate your ability to develop as movement system experts. Additionally, the study of evidenced based practice, leadership, health policy, business management, and social responsibility shape your professional role and identity as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Students solidify their academic studies through participation in translational research, clinical cases, simulation laboratories using standardized patients and patient/client interactions in community clinics using a patient/client centered approach to care across the lifespan. An array of active learning experiences with multiple opportunities for interprofessional education and community engagement are offered. Our student-centered approach supports individual and team learning in a collegial environment to encourage student success. Academic study is supplemented with 32 weeks of full-time clinical internships to broaden student professional preparation. Internships are offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas and assignments are based on students' educational needs and clinical site availability.

Exceptional faculty role model clinical and research expertise across each of the specialty areas of physical therapist practice to facilitate student development as movement system experts. Our faculty to student ratios foster personal connections to support excellence in academic and clinical achievements.

Our students’ educational experiences and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and collaborative spirit of Vermont.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
The University of Vermont offers a dual degrees.  The DPT/Neuroscience PhD requires two applications, one to DPT and one to PhD program through the Graduate College.  the link to apply to the supplemental application is  
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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The deposit is non-refundable
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