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 Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) – PhD in Bioengineering program is a six-year (minimum) program that combines the entry-level DPT leading to licensure as a physical therapist, with a PhD in Bioengineering that will prepare the student to become an independent researcher.

Students in PT Lab with Instructor

Pitt's DPT program is currently ranked 1st in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, indicating that graduates of this program have mastered a broad range of science competencies, including anatomy & exercise physiology, neuroscience, and biomechanics.

PT Instructor with Patient


This comprehensive, dual-degree program provides graduates with a competitive edge, equipped with both the clinical experience necessary to obtain a licensure as a physical therapist and extensive research experience that leads to a PhD in bioengineering.

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Since this is a dual-degree program, applicants must earn admission into both programs. An undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field is required. Make sure to carefully revIew the application instructions and admission requirements.

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The program coursework and plan of study for the DPT-PhD program balances didactic coursework and clinical & research experience in both physical therapy and bioengineering. 

  • #1
    Ranked DPT Program in the U.S.