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Physical Therapy (DPT)

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

The DPT program has been recently re-designed to provide a stellar learning experience at a lower cost. The program moved to Temple's Main Campus in the fall of 2017, with a new, state-of-the-art instructional space. Additionally, the program is now 117 credits, reducing tuition costs by over $10,000.

Classes begin during the Summer II semester. Over the course of the entire professional program, students will complete a combination of part-time and full-time clinical experiences. A large nation-wide network of clinical sites allows students to select from a variety of geographic and practice setting sites. For more information about clinical experiences, visit the Clinical Education Curriculum page.

When not participating in full-time experiences, students carry an average of just over 16 credits per semester and can expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week in the classroom or laboratory settings. Click here for an overview of the curriculum.

Graduates of the program 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. Learn more about the program outcomes and essential functions, or feel free to provide feedback, concerns or complaints regarding the program.


*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.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-204-9066 or email deptpt@temple.edu.