Physical Therapy

Degree Plans & Curriculum

The UTMB Department of Physical Therapy (PT) offers the following program tracks for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree:

  • Residential DPT
  • PTA to DPT Bridge
  • Hybrid DPT

The UTMB Physical Therapy program provides students with a quality graduate education in an environment fostering innovation, collaboration and respect. The curriculum focuses on evidenced based physical therapy practice providing learning experiences that facilitate the development of competencies and behaviors necessary to become providers of choice for restoration of optimal physical function. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, and are eligible to sit for the national licensure examination.


See Also: SHP Bulletin and Student Handbook

  • Residential DPT

    The Residential Doctor of Physical Therapy program requires 40 semester hours of prerequisites for admission and 100 semester hours (three years) of professional courses after entry into the program.

    View Residential DPT Curriculum & Admissions

  • PTA to DPT Bridge

    NOTE: In order to comply with the new CAPTE criteria the Bridge PTA to DPT curriculum has recently been updated to increase clinical rotation hours from 20 to 30 weeks. This change extends the program from six semesters to seven semesters.

    The hybrid-based PTA to DPT Bridge Program is designed for Physical Therapist Assistants who are able to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while enrolled in the program. Students must already have a Bachelor's degree and a current Physical Therapist Assistant license with two years of experience in addition to 44 semester hours of prerequisites required for admission before entering the program.

    Please be advised that we are in the process of changing Clinical Rotations to comply with new CAPTE criteria.

    View PTA to DPT Bridge Curriculum & Admissions

  • Hybrid DPT

    This entry level program allows students to obtain an array of real-world skills beyond the classroom like independent research skills, proficient communication, and time management to optimize learning.

    The program is a blend of online and onsite activities. The online activities may be self-paced or live with faculty instruction in real time. Each semester, the on-campus requirement will vary but will be at minimum an immersion session (7-10 days) at finals and sometimes an immersion session (7-10 days) at midterm.

    View Hybrid DPT Curriculum & Admissions

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