Doctor of Physical Therapy

Become a Physical Therapist. Help patients gain mobility and quality of life.

Accelerated Program | Residential | Full-Time

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Our DPT Program

Hear from students, faculty, and the program director about our “why” and what makes us unique.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Accelerated Program

Graduate an entire semester sooner than most PT schools. Start working with patients sooner. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in only 8 semesters (about 2.5 years). Even though our program is accelerated, you still will have more clinical hours than the national average.

Pro-Bono Community Rehabilitation Clinic

Have the opportunity to care for and serve real patients as you work alongside experienced physical therapists and faculty in our University’s pro-bono PT clinic, the Community Rehabilitation Center. Our clinic serves members of Utah County who can’t afford physical therapy treatment. Implement what you are learning for those in need.

2 Start Dates

Enroll in May or August/September to start our program when it works best for you. 

Practicing Faculty

Learn from practicing physical therapists. We believe in having faculty that continue working in their clinic to stay up-to-date on skills and best practices. By continuing to work in the field, our faculty bring real experiences into the classroom to better train the next generation of physical therapists.

International Service-Learning Opportunities

Serve in Africa or Guatemala. Spend time in the local clinics, hospitals and villages. Each year during the summer semester break, students can choose to travel with faculty and University administration to provide humanitarian work and experience third-world clinical environments.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare to be the best physical therapist possible. We prepare you so you can make a difference for patients and advance the field.

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Physical Therapy Specialities

You’ll learn about and build skills in a variety of physical therapy specialties and areas, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, lifespan (pediatrics and geriatrics), sports medicine, orthopedics, wound care, women’s health, cardiovascular, and and pulmonary.

Clinical Rotations and Internships

You’ll experience three 12-weeklong clinical internships. You’ll also have a 6-week clinical rotation during the didactic phase of the program. We’re proud that our program offers more clinical hours than the national average; we want you to be as prepared as possible to enter the field as a practicing physical therapist.

Interprofessionalism

Alongside taking courses in professionalism, you’ll also practice interprofessionalism, where you’ll learn how to integrate patient care across healthcare professions. Every semester you’ll be involved in IPE (interprofessional practice education) where you work with a variety of other healthcare providers.

Evidence-Based Practice

Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. You’ll learn research design, epidemiology, biostatistics, how to evaluate and apply medical literature, and more. Become an evidence-based practitioner.

IMPORTANT DATES

Summer 2021

Firm Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Semester Start:  May 3, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline:  May 17, 2021
Semester Start: August 30, 2021

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Submitted PTCAS application
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution prior to matriculation into the program. The program only considers U.S. coursework
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.00 GPA for prerequisite courses
  • GRE scores:
    • Minimum Verbal and Quantitative reasoning % score: 35%
    • Minimum Analytical writing scaled score: 3.0
  • 100 volunteer hours or work experience with a licensed physical therapist (two different settings is highly recommended)
  • Minimum of 3 references: 2 licensed physical therapists with 1 additional academic or professional reference
  • US residency

Faculty

Steven G. Wilkinson

Steven G. Wilkinson

PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Department Chair and Program Director

Paul Stoneman

Paul Stoneman

PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, SCS

Associate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Joel Tenbrink

Joel Tenbrink

PT, PhD, ATC

Assistant Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Miriam Cortez-Cooper

Miriam Cortez-Cooper

PT, PhD

Assistant Program Director

Michael Bartholomew

Michael Bartholomew

PT, DPT, GCS

Director of Clinical Education, Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kaiwi Chung-Hoon

Kaiwi Chung-Hoon

PT, PhD

Professor and Director of Research, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Coleby Clawson

Coleby Clawson

PT, DPT, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hina Garg

Hina Garg

PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Crystal Miskin

Crystal Miskin

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Ann M. Hoffman

Ann M. Hoffman

PT, DScPT, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Christa Young

Christa Young

PT, PhD, NCS

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Kelsey Kushlan

Kelsey Kushlan

PT, DPT

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jeff Lau

Jeff Lau

PT, DPT, PhD, CMPT

Dean of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences

F. David Paulson

F. David Paulson

PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Megan Pratt

Megan Pratt

PT, DPT, ATC

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rhodri L. Purcell

Rhodri L. Purcell

PT, MPT, EdD, OCS, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Tim Stevenson

Tim Stevenson

PT, DPT, OCS

Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Will Sykes

Will Sykes

PT, DPT

Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Misti Timpson

Misti Timpson

PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dana Tischler

Dana Tischler

PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Mark Walker

Mark Walker

PT, PhD

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright

PT, DPT, CSRS

Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

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.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 801-375-5125 or email [email protected].

Tuition & Financial Aid

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