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Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares students to diagnose, evaluate, and treat movement-related disorders in a variety of clinical and community settings. DPT students gain hands-on experience through 42 weeks of clinical internships throughout the three-year program.

Graduates provide professional service in a variety of clinical and community settings, including hospital, rehabilitation centers, pediatric and geriatric settings, home health agencies, schools, sports, orthopedic settings and community agencies.

We also offer exceptional undergraduate students the admissions option of a 3+3 Baccalaureate/Doctor of Physical Therapy to earn both degrees in six years instead of seven.

The DPT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.*


DPT Mission Statement

The DPT Program strives to educate every graduate to practice ethically and legally in various health and health care settings, to serve the present and future needs of a diverse society, and to engage in lifelong professional development. Every graduate is prepared to exhibit professional behaviors, critical thinking, theoretical and practical knowledge, and psychomotor skills that will enable the individual to assume the multi-faceted lifelong roles of a health care professional.

Located on Temple's Health Science Campus, the DPT program incorporates multidisciplinary interactions with other healthcare providers and enhances the educational experience with a new state-of-the-art cadaver dissection laboratory, a clinical simulation laboratory, and medical library.

The 14 full-time faculty members include researchers and clinical professors offering knowledge and clinical experience from relevant research and clinical viewpoints.

There are a total of 42 weeks of full-time clinical internships available at more than 300 sites nationwide, providing students with hands-on instruction in a variety of clinical settings. In the final year of the program, students can expect exposure to clinical skills that go beyond those of entry-level practitioners.

The program is three years in duration, full-time and year-round, beginning in July of each year.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.orgwebsite: