Hands-on preparation for improving patients’ lives

The DPT curriculum consists of 34 months of study divided into eight terms. The curriculum is designed to foster students’ professional and personal development through integrated and sequential learning experiences that provide the knowledge and skills needed for the practice of physical therapy.

You can expect an average of 20 to 22 hours of lecture per week. That allows students time also to study, complete small-group work, practice manual therapy techniques and collaborate with faculty.

A hallmark of the DMU DPT program is that in addition to classroom time, you’ll get into the clinic early on in the program, so you can develop competencies and communication skills. Four clinical internships totaling 36 weeks, scheduled at approximately 370 sites across the country, are spaced throughout the curriculum, which allows you to apply, practice and perfect what you’re learning. The DPT program has a long history of outstanding relationships with clinical educators, and DMU students are consistently commended by these educators for their knowledge and manual therapy skills.

Our DPT program is excited to share that pending approval from our accreditor, CAPTE, an increase in class size and a new curriculum will launch in August 2023, which will coincide with our move to the new campus. The revised curriculum is well-aligned with professional standards and the program’s mission, vision, and goals. The hybrid curriculum will span 29 months, including didactic coursework as well as clinical experiences. There will be four part-time integrated clinical education experiences that are incorporated into didactic courses. Three full-time clinical education experiences for a total of 30 weeks are interspersed throughout the curriculum. The new curriculum is pending CAPTE approval of our ask for the changes.

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