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Promoting Health Through Movement

UVM's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares practitioner-scholars who translate evidence into contemporary best practice to provide patient-centered care in an evolving and complex health care environment. Graduates of our DPT school promote health through movement and exercise, optimizing activity and participation across environments for individuals, communities and society.

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Seminars, lectures, and hands-on lab experiences integrate concepts to prepare graduates who provide ethical, evidence-based, client-centered services in a culturally sensitive manner. DPT coursework relates to the science and art of physical therapy - and includes basic, clinical and applied sciences; concepts of practice management; health policy and ethics; and quality in health care.

Students prepare for practice through clinical internships offered throughout the U.S. in a variety of specialty areas and participate in research, service, and professional development activities. DPT graduates become decision-makers who understand the role of lifelong learning to support client, patient, and professional needs.

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Curriculum

The curriculum for the program per graduation year:

Additional requirements are outlined in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Handbook. Official course descriptions are outlined in the UVM Catalogue. Contact us to learn more about the combined DPT/Neuroscience Ph.D. degree option.

Clinical Education

UVM contracts with over 300 clinical sites throughout the United States to provide practice in a variety of settings under the supervision of clinical instructors who are licensed physical therapists.The curriculum includes four clinical internship courses that comprise 36 weeks of full-time clinical education experience. 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.

Program Goals

DPT program goals are derived from our mission and values to:

  • Provide an educational environment in which curriculum-guiding principles are integrated with ethical and legal professional practice.
  • Offer an evidence-based curriculum that prepares graduates for contemporary best practice.
  • Admit highly qualified students who are willing to actively engage in their learning experience while supporting the mission and educational outcomes of the University, College, and DPT program.
  • Recruit students who are committed to embrace the values of this program within their future practice environments.
  • Prepare students to engage in outreach and personal life-long learning.
  • Attract and support faculty who excel in teaching, research, and service.
  • Encourage faculty to support the academic needs and professional formation of the DPT students.
  • Prepare graduates to achieve desired educational outcomes of the program.
  • Develop graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed in a constantly changing health care environment.
  • Develop graduates who lead and collaborate in multiple roles that can positively impact clients, patients, the profession and society.
  • Inspire graduates to appreciate uniqueness and value of all individuals within diverse cultures and societies.

Graduation Requirements

A grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of all internship experiences and a comprehensive examination are required for graduation. Graduates earn a doctoral degree in physical therapy and practice in 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 in clinical specialties, or become practice owners, clinical administrators, or academic faculty. 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.

Faculty

DPT faculty model clinical and research expertise across all specialty areas of physical therapy practice. Meet our faculty >>

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • College grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Prerequisite courses outlined below (grade point average of 3.3 or greater)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and observation hours are not required
 
Applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree in any major at a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; applicants with a baccalaureate degree from institutions outside the U.S. will also be considered. 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 with labs
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The program is 2-1/2  years including summer semesters.

What about financial aid and tuition costs for the program?

For current information about financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy. If you are a permanent resident of Maine or New Hampshire, you may be eligible for discounted tuition through the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)'s RSP Tuition Break program. For more information please contact the Graduate College.

Will I need a car?

Yes, you will most likely need access to a car during your clinical internships. All students should expect to have at least one clinical internship out of state. Students are responsible for travel and living expenses during their internships.

How many applicants are there annually? What is average size of the class?

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences receives a large group of very competitive applications each year. The average class size is 40 students.

Do I need to have all of the prerequisite courses completed prior to applying?

You may have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining for the spring semester when you apply. The Graduate College must be notified of final grades before classes begin.

Is there a period of time that the prerequisites are no longer acceptable towards my application?

It is highly recommended that the prerequisite courses are taken no more than ten years prior to applying to the program, although it is not a requirement.

What is the minimum prerequisite GPA? May I retake any prerequisite courses to obtain a better grade?

Students applying to the program must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in their studies and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or greater in their prerequisite courses. The average overall GPA for students enrolled in the program is 3.5 with an average 3.5 for the prerequisite GPA. Through PTCAS, applicants identify the courses that they want to count toward the prerequisite GPA. So, if you retake a prerequisite course, you may select the course with the best grade that meets the requirement. The calculation for the GPA prerequisites is then based on the grades from the courses you identify.

Are observation hours required?

There is no requirement for observation hours for the application process, although it is favorable to have this type of experience.

Is an interview required for admission into the UVM DPT program?

There is no interview requirement for the application process.

Where should I send my application materials?

Official transcripts, essay and letters of recommendation should be submitted through PTCAS. Refer to the PTCAS website for more information. The UVM on-line supplemental graduate application must also be completed. Please put only the names of your references on this application and not their e-mails, as it will send them another recommendation request. In the box calling for an essay, please upload a Word document or PDF stating "See essay on the PTCAS application."

How can I find out if PTCAS has received my transcripts (or any other materials)?

PTCAS will have the information related to the status of your transcripts and letters of recommendation. If you are having any questions or difficulties with PTCAS, contact their customer service line at (617) 612-2040 or ptcasinfo@ptcas.org. UVM will notify you when applications have been received.

When will I learn whether I have been admitted to the program?

If completed application is verified through PTCAS by November 15, applicants will receive a decision by December 21, 2020. If completed application is verified through PTCAS after November 15 (application must be submitted by Nov. 15 deadline), applicants will receive a decision by January 19, 2021.

 

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: accreditation@apta.org; website www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 802-656-3252 or email Justine.Dee@med.uvm.edu.

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PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

Application Deadline: November 15

Term Start Date: June

In-State Tuition: $683 per credit

Out-of-State Tuition: $1,720 per credit

Credits: 102

Duration: 2 1/2 Years (including summers)

Learning Format: On-Campus

*Tuition may change and varies based on number of enrolled credits per term. Eligible for the New England Board of Higher Education's Tuition Break  program.

 

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