The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at UMass Lowell prepares individuals for entry into the profession of physical therapy. The fully accredited program requires a baccalaureate degree for admission and a three-year full-time commitment, including part of each summer.
The curriculum provides a comprehensive foundation in the art and science of physical therapy. Methods of instruction include classroom lecture and discussion, small group / problem-based learning, and skill development during laboratory and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical decision-making and critical inquiry skills across the curriculum, culminating in the completion of a Final Research Project (done in small groups) that meets peer review standards for presentation and/or publication.
The clinical education program consists of four extended clinical education experiences (each eight weeks in length) and two shorter blocks (one and two weeks in length) for a total of 35 weeks. Students experience a variety of practice settings and patient populations in preparation for general practice.
The graduate of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will be prepared to:
The program objectives are adapted from the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, American Physical Therapy Association and Generic Abilities (May et al. Journal of Physical Therapy Education.9:1, Spring 1995).
*** Must be taken in a traditional (on-campus/classroom) setting.
Additional Program Requirements
For additional, DPT program-specific, information regarding our admission requirements, please contact:
Keith W. Hallbourg
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Massachusetts Lowell
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Read the UMass Lowell General Regulations for Graduate Students.
Completed Application Deadline: November 1.
Please submit add documents in support of your application to our Office of Graduate Admissions.