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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a graduate program housed within the Department of Physical Therapy.

Program Summary
111 credits (full-time only)
2.67 years (8 consecutive terms)
Program starts fall term only (August)

The DPT degree is open to students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Excellence in Clinical Education

The clinical education program is integrated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and its partner, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS). CRS is one of the largest Medicare certified rehab agencies in western Pennsylvania with more than 50 outpatient facilities in 10 counties. UPMC and CRS have demonstrated their support to the Department of Physical Therapy by offering students from our program highest priority for all learning experiences, including a one-year terminal clinical education experience.

Clinical Education opportunities are available across the health care continuum, including tertiary acute care medical centers, a network of community-based hospitals, acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital and hospital-based units, long term care continuum of care including independent living, personal care, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, long term care, and hospital-based subacute units, home health services, inpatient psychiatric and mental health facility. We offer placements in various clinical specialties, including pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, orthopedics, women's health, neuro rehab, industrial rehab, comprehensive spine care, and balance and vestibular disorders. (View our Clinical Partners page.)



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