Physical Therapy Program Overview

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Rockhurst University's Department of Physical Therapy Education is committed to preparing competent, caring professionals who can help optimize movement and improve the life experiences for persons whose abilities are threatened or impaired due to developmental deficits, aging, physical illness or injury. Emphasizing and integrating critical thinking, problem solving and professionalism throughout the curriculum, the Rockhurst Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares a student for licensure as a physical therapist and enhances the student's ability to clinically reason in a complex and changing health care system.

The Rockhurst DPT program is designed as an entry-level doctoral degree program. A new class of 48 students enters the program every June. The DPT program includes nine semesters of coursework over three academic years. Students participate in a wide variety of learning experiences including lectures, discussions, hands-on laboratories, service projects, independent study, group projects, research, integrated patient/client experiences and clinical internships.

Rockhurst's fully accredited DPT program is distinctive for its broad range of integrated active learning opportunities and close faculty – student interactions. Students may pursue additional coursework in business for a Masters in Management or a Masters in Business Administration.