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Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program

About our 3-year program

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program offers a graduate professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree designed to follow the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree or post baccalaureate degree. The PT Program educates competent, ethical physical therapists to assume the multi-faceted roles of clinical practitioner, patient manager, teacher, researcher, administrator, consultant and advocate.

In addition to compassion, character and professionalism, certain essential skills are required in order to complete the PT Program.  Upon successful completion of the PT Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) in any state.

The following are expected minimum outcomes for our students:

  • Ninety percent (90%) of our graduates will pass the NPTE on their first attempt to become licensed physical therapists.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of our graduates will feel competent to practice autonomously as Doctors of Physical Therapy within their first year post-graduation.
  • All (100%) of our graduates will use critical thinking, evidence, and clinical reasoning in physical therapy patient management.
  • All (100%) of our graduates will be prepared to provide physical therapy care to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan.

For more information about our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, please contact

Lauren Wahlquist at (303) 724-9144 or


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