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Curriculum Overview

The University of Colorado Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program prepares graduates to be competent physical therapists capable of assuming roles as clinical practitioners, educators, scholars/researchers, administrators, consultants, and advocates. The 8-semester curriculum completed in 2.5 years provides unique opportunities for students, beginning with strong foundational science content in the first year and culminating with a year-long clinical internship. Courses include both didactic (classroom) and laboratory (hands-on) learning that complement integrated and full-time clinical experiences beginning in the second semester.


Course List and Descriptions

The course list and descriptions cover all eight semesters of clinical and didactic curriculum. 


Degree Requirements

The DPT degree requires completion of 116 credit hours, which includes 38 weeks of clinical education. Students complete and present a capstone project in year 3 before the final clinical internship


Clinical Education

Our clinical education curriculum incorporates both short-term (1-2 week) integrated clinical experiences (ICE) and longer (8-10 week) clinical experiences during the first two years of the curriculum. In the third year, students will complete either a 16-week clinical experience before graduation or a year-long, paid internship, with 16 weeks in the pre-graduation phase and 8 months in the post-graduation phase as a licensed PT receiving structured mentoring in the clinical setting.  All students have the opportunity to apply and interview at sites of their choice during the application process for the final clinical experience.

Learn more about Clinical Education.