The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Slippery Rock University was only the third physical therapy program in the United States to transition from a master's level program to a doctoral level. It is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare graduates for practice in physical therapy.
The Graduate School of Physical Therapy integrates basic science with clinical practice. There are nine full-time and several part-time faculty members. Seven of the full-time faculty members hold post-professional doctoral degrees, and five are engaged in clinical practice.
The variety of available clinical sites and length of time spent in clinical rotations are another of the program’s strengths. Clinical Experience I is two weeks in the summer preceding the start of the second year. Clinical Experience II is five weeks in the fall of the second year. Clinical Experience III is 15 weeks in the fall of the third year and Clinical Experience IV is 15 weeks in the spring of the third year.
Students also have an opportunity to pursue special interests related to physical therapy in Professional Exploration I and II. These courses are designed to provide additional experience in a clinical specialty are, research, teaching, administration, or service.
There are two options for pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at SRU:
Traditional 3-year, full time, entry level
3 Undergraduate years + 3 graduate years (for SRU undergraduates only)
Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)