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The Pitt DPT program offers a dynamic 7-term core curriculum in two formats: a traditional on-campus “residential” option and “hybrid” option, which includes both remote and on-campus learning opportunities.

Both the residential and hybrid options engage students in interactive training, labs and coursework that equip graduates to become leading experts in providing efficient and effective patient-centered care. Core areas of study include:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuromuscular
  • Integumentary
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics

Through extensive clinical placements, students gain hands-on experiences in well renowned medical and rehabilitation centers. Pitt’s wide network of clinical partnerships provides students with opportunities to learn in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care, pediatrics, geriatrics, short- and long-term rehabilitation, sports medicine, and orthopedics. Across the 42 weeks of full-time clinical experience, students learn and deliver high quality care alongside some of the region’s and nation’s leading physical therapy experts in women's health, neurologic rehabilitation, spine care, balance and vestibular disorders, including concussion management– honing skills in the areas of musculoskeletal injury, vestibular disorders, spine care, and movement dysfunction. 

Clinical experiences for both formats include:

  • 6-week full-time integrated clinical (Term 2-3)
  • 6-week full-time integrated clinical (Term 3-4)
  • 15-week full-time terminal clinical (Term 6)
  • 15-week full-time terminal clinical (Term 7)

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Immersion Experiences for Hybrid Students