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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) and longer (8-10 week) clinical experiences during the first two years of the curriculum. In the third year, clinical education consists of a paid, year-long internship which includes a 16-week clinical experience before students graduate to become licensed physical therapists. The graduates may continue at the same site as a paid intern for the remainder of the year. All students have the opportunity to apply and interview during their second year for the paid internship position.

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More Information

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