Doctor of Physical Therapy/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 towards a total of 124 credits for the DPT and 72 credits for a PhD.