Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the College of Public Health prepares students to diagnose, evaluate and treat movement-related disorders in a variety of clinical and community settings. Students learn from physical therapy faculty at Temple, many of whom maintain active clinical practices or engage in research endeavors.
Through a collaborative learning environment combining strong faculty mentorship with state-of-the-art resources, graduates of the DPT program gain preparation as entry-level generalists in the field of physical therapy. After graduating, some doctoral students choose to pursue specialty areas in the profession, while others pursue further graduate work in a research environment.
The DPT program synthesizes classroom and clinical learning. You’ll learn material in the classroom while gaining real-world experience through your clinical education experiences. The program’s cohort model ensures that you will form lasting relationships with your classmates and faculty, creating a future professional network.
The demand for licensed physical therapists is rapidly growing to meet the needs of an aging population. As such, this professional doctorate program is rigorous and competitive to enter, with strong professional outcomes for graduates. Attaining the doctorate degree will prepare you to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination; successfully passing this licensure exam will allow you to treat patients anywhere as a licensed physical therapist.