University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program

Physical therapists assist patients and clients in promoting health, preventing illness and disability, and improving function and quality of life after illness or injury.

Graduates practice in many different settings, including outpatient practices, rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, school systems and home health agencies. Many graduates obtain advanced degrees and board certifications in clinical specialties, or become practice owners, clinical administrators, or academic faculty.

The Education: Graduates earn a doctoral degree in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy Program includes coursework related to the science and art of physical therapy, including basic, clinical and applied sciences and basic concepts of practice management, health policy, ethics and quality in health care. The physical therapy program combines seminars, lectures and hands-on lab experiences that allow students to integrate clinical, theoretical and professional practice concepts. The program includes 36 weeks of full-time internship.

Licensing: Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national professional licensure examination administered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. The Office of Professional Regulation in the Vermont Secretary of State's office governs licensure requirements for Vermont.

Accreditation: The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website

Frequently Asked Questions

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International Manual Therapy Collaboration

Our international collaboration is an elective offered each summer through UVM Continuing Education. Our international collaboration partners are Bond University and Auckland University of Technology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete the prerequisite course requirements and a baccalaureate degree in any major at UVM or a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered.

Effective July 1, 2016 students applying to the physical therapy program must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater in their undergraduate studies. All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater prior to entry into the program:

  • Two semesters of anatomy/physiology
  • Two semesters of college chemistry with labs
  • Two semesters of physics with labs
  • Two semesters of biology (not botany or zoology)
  • One semester of psychology
  • One semester of statistics

Application Process

  1. Complete the Physical Therapy Common Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Please submit the following application materials through the PTCAS system:

    (3) Letters of Recommendation (Include at least one academic letter of recommendation.)

    Official Transcript(s) from all U.S. and Canadian schools attended. PTCAS and the UVM DPT program accept prerequisite credits from regionally accredited institutions only. For international applicants, transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an official service and sent to the CNHS Office of Student Services.

    Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. GRE Code 7708. Minimum scores of 150 Quantitative, 150 Verbal, and 4.0 Writing are preferred.

  2. Complete the supplemental UVM Graduate College Application and submit the application fee. Please note: If applying to both the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) and Ph.D. in Neuroscience (NGP) programs, select the DPT/NGP option on the supplemental application. Please also include Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. GRE Code: 7708

     (NOTE: Disregard instructions to submit letters of recommendation, a transcript, and/or writing sample via the supplemental application. Application materials submitted through PTCAS need not be submitted with the supplemental application. In the box calling for an essay on the supplemental application, write: "See essay on the PTCAS application.")

  3. Submit the prerequisite course completion form.

Application deadline: December 1 (Please note: PTCAS takes 3-4 weeks to verify your application after it has been submitted.)

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: PTCAS has selected World Education Services (WES) as the preferred service for evaluating foreign transcripts. To be considered for application, foreign transcripts must be submitted to this agency for review.

Matriculation Requirements

  • Completion of technical standards form
  • Submission of final transcripts, if applicable

Professional Outcomes

The following information has been reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduation and employment information is compiled from departmental records. Employment data reflect percent employed within six months of passing the licensure exam. The licensure pass rate is reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Graduation Rate
Entry Year Four-year Graduation Rate
3-year average
Licensed Graduate Employment Rates & Licensure Exam Pass Rates
Class Employment Rate First Time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate
3-year Average


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Clinical Education

The curriculum includes four clinical internship courses that comprise 36 weeks of full-time clinical education experience. Students practice in a variety of settings under the supervision of clinical instructors who are licensed physical therapists. The University of Vermont contracts with over 300 clinical sites for student internships. These clinical sites are throughout the United States. Students should expect to have to travel and are responsible for travel and living expenses during the internship courses. Students are required to demonstrate adequate immunization against certain specified diseases and must obtain professional liability insurance, health clearance and CPR certification prior to enrolling in the clinical experience.

Graduation Requirements

A grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of all internship experiences and a comprehensive examination are required for graduation. Refer to class year curriculum sheets for credit hours required for graduation.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858

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