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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The DPT degree is an entry-level clinical degree that prepares the student to enter the field of physical therapy as a general practitioner with a background in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary systems. The professional program is offered in sequential blocks and requires full-time enrollment for three academic years and three summer sessions, beginning in the summer session following acceptance. The curriculum contains foundational and clinical sciences combining traditional lectures and course work, laboratory sessions, problem-based learning classes and clinical education. A graduate must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to receive a license to practice.

Students who enter the MU Physical Therapy program will enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program. Students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree (regular admission) or at least 90 semester credit hours (early admission option) to enter the DPT program.

The University of Missouri Physical Therapy Department offers an entry-level educational program only. We do not offer post-professional degrees. If students already have a degree in Physical Therapy / Physiotherapy, they must pursue higher education at another university.

Observation requirement

Students must complete 40 hours of observation of a licensed Physical Therapist, covering at least two types of PT facilities. These hours must be completed prior to the application deadline.

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