Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is an eight-semester onsite residential program designed to produce physical therapists who can work in a variety of clinical settings to provide innovative evidence-based intervention plans centered on current research. The Rocky Mountain University Doctor of Physical Therapy program includes a mix of the traditional lecture/lab and blended/online courses.

Combining the best technology, a world-class faculty and clinical advances, as well as contemporary educational theory and an accelerated program, the doctorate in physical therapy program at RMUoHP is an excellent fit for highly motivated students who wish to be active participants in their education.

Important Dates

Summer Semester Start

Firm Application Deadline: April 1, 2019*
Semester Begins: May 6, 2019

Fall Semester Start

Soft Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
Firm Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Semester Begins: September 3, 2019

*(PTCAS application needs to be verified by this date)

Educational Model

Residential Program with clinical assignments throughout the country.

2018 Yearly Schedule

2019 Yearly Schedule

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Highlights

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133 credits
8 Semesters
42 Weeks Clin-Ed

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The program is a traditional campus-based program consisting of 8 semesters. There are a total of 133 credit hours required for successful completion of the program, including the credits earned for the 42 weeks of clinical education. RMUoHP, acknowledged for its excellence in faculty and educational programming, recognizes that even with the best technology and curriculum, the heart and soul of the program is its students. The DPT program caters to highly-motivated students who wish to be active participants in their education.

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Why Choose RMU?

“For me personally, there’s no better way to learn than ‘hands-on.’ So I really appreciate that Rocky Mountain University focuses very heavily on the clinical experience.”

Jamie Van Patten

“The faculty here is all experts in their fields and they are renowned across the country. They are wonderful at being willing to help, in any way. If you’re having difficulty understanding material or trouble with test anxiety they’re always welcoming and able to accommodate you.”

James Perry

“The instructors are experts within their respective specialty areas and very competent and capable. Their ability to teach, in my experience, was of the highest quality. Furthermore, the on-site blocks of instruction not only facilitated great instruction, but also the ability to interact with professional colleagues, and establish friendships that continue beyond the schoolhouse.”

Andrew W. Milligan

“I am very satisfied with the education I received at RMUoHP. My clinical skills and my ability to incorporate evidence-based practice have both dramatically improved as a direct result of my education.”

Michael J Powers PT, DPT, NCS, ECS

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Promoting excellence in the physical therapy profession

If you are passionate about providing state-of-the-art patient care and are looking to become a leader in the physical therapy profession, we encourage you to apply to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. The mission of RMUoHP’s physical therapy doctorate program is to provide a student-centered education that prepares graduates for socially responsible, outcomes-oriented, evidence-based, autonomous, and collaborative physical therapy practice.

Ready to get started? We invite you to explore our program curriculum, attend a virtual information session, and then meet with a program advisor who can help you decide if RMUoHP is right for you. We are committed to helping you make the best decision for your educational and professional goals.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 801-734-6846 or email [email protected]


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

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Overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Licensure pass rate*


Graduation Rate**


Employment rate for those who sought employment***

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Learn more about our DPT program

We encourage you to learn more about what makes Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions different from other physical therapy programs in the region. Utah was recently rated #1 for the best places to practice physical therapy for the third year in a row, and graduates of the RMUoHP DPT program are uniquely positioned to succeed in this market. Our innovative curriculum focuses heavily on clinical practice and using scientific research to provide the best care possible, which makes RMUoHP a superior choice to many other physical therapy schools in Utah and in the United States.

The overall National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) licensure pass rate was 100% for the classes of 2016 and 2017*, and the two year graduation rate was above 97%. All of these graduates who passed the NPTE are now employed as physical therapists**. If you’re ready to join the ranks of these esteemed RMUoHP alumni, we invite you to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and make your dream career a reality.

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We are committed to the development
of Physical Therapy professionals who can:


Provide Patient Advocacy

Provide caring physical therapy services to consumers in an effective manner that demonstrates altruistic principles balanced with fiscal awareness.

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Demonstrate Autonomous Skill

Be able to administer basic PT services including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, intervention, and outcomes assessment activities.

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Exhibit Ethical Leadership

Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, ethical standards, critical inquiry and clinical reasoning by skillfully incorporating current evidence into physical therapy practice.

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Continue Professional Development

Demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development, including self- and peer evaluation and lifelong learning.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty

“My education through RMU allowed me to achieve my goal of transitioning from private practice to academia. I choose RMUoHP based on the quality and expertise of their nationally recognized faculty, and the academic strength and rigor of the program. The support and encouragement provided by the administrative staff at RMUoHP provided for an exceptional experience. I will continue to recommend RMUoHP as a great place to advance your degree.”

Jason Bennett, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC

“Receiving a Doctorate and going through the rigor of a dissertation from RMU has opened doors and continues to provide educational opportunities, and administrative as well as clinical benefits. RMU was a great experience! After practicing for over tens years, I was excited to find a growing university and a cohort of passionate, supportive professionals where I could reach one of my academic goals and so much more! I loved the location-sun-snow-clean air and majestic mountains.”

Pat Garlock DSc, MHs, PT, MVP Physical Therapy

“Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions changed my life. Upon graduation, it gave me the confidence to open my own pediatric physical therapy practice. I had never considered this before graduating from RMUoHP. Through continued research and evidence-based practice, I feel I can offer unique treatment options for children with cerebral palsy. I have been sharing what I have learned, through teaching continuing education courses for other therapists using electrical stimulation and whole body vibration. I also became more involved professionally with the Section on Pediatrics as Region I Director and helped to start our state SIG. I truly believed none of these changes would have occurred without my experience at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.”

Susan Hastings, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, Susan Hastings Pediatric Physical Therapy

“I thoroughly enjoyed my RMUoHP experience! The curriculum fit my needs as a full time professional, husband and father of two. I found the coursework to be challenging and relevant to an evolving PT practice. The instructors are the very best! I have recommended RMUoHP to all my colleagues looking to advance their educational needs.”

Keith Brown PT, DPT, STS

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Doctor of Physical Therapy Clinical Education

Clinical Education is a critical component, providing students opportunity to practically apply classroom instruction and to develop their clinical and patient care skills under the supervision of licensed physical therapist practitioners. Our DPT students participate in 42 weeks of clinical internship, which offers both breadth and depth to their educational experience.

These pivotal clinical education experiences occur throughout the completion of the didactic coursework, thus providing students opportunities to develop the skills and abilities needed to practice as an excellent clinician.

Clinical education opportunities exist in over 1,000 hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics throughout the United States.

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