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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

AdventHealth University
3 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
Summer 2021

Program description

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares graduates to become licensed physical therapists. The program uses a selective admission process to identify a new group of students to begin study annually in the 3-year DPT program. The curriculum, grounded in Christian principles, builds on the students' undergraduate foundation in the arts and sciences. It includes 124 graduate-level credits during which students progress through and integrate foundational and clinical sciences, patient/client management skills, and ultimately, the provision of person-centered care.

Program Mission

Consistent with the values of AHU, the program prepares Doctors of Physical Therapy who promote holistic, person-centered care and wellness through evidence-based practice, leadership, life-long learning, scholarship, and service to local and global communities.

Admission requirements


Must have completed the following prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. It is recommended that these prerequisites be completed within the five years immediately prior to application to the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program though 75% should be completed prior to application to the program. Grades of “C” or better are required in all prerequisite courses. Three quarters are considered equivalent to two semesters of course work.

  • Anatomy & Physiology, two semesters with lab (Anatomy with lab, one semester, and Physiology with lab, one semester, may be substituted)
  • General Biology, two semesters with lab
  • General Chemistry, two semesters with lab
  • General Physics, two semesters with lab
  • Statistics General Psychology One course in human development across the lifespan (e.g., developmental psychology, human growth and development)

It is assumed that the applicant is computer literate and familiar with the use of computers at home, on the job, or in school.

English Language Proficiency

While applying to the University, all students for whom English is not their primary language must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Course Options:

  • Successful completion of college-level English Composition I from an English-speaking regionally accredited college with a minimum grade of “C”, or
  • Graduation from an English-speaking high school and successful completion of two semesters of Senior high school English, English ESOL, or AP Language & Composition with a minimum grade of “C”; or
  • For Early Acceptance students, from an English-speaking high school, successful completion of two semesters of Junior year high school English, English ESOL, or AP Language & Composition with a minimum grade of “C”.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1- Summer

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Professional Foundations I: Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • Patient/Client Management I: Basic Skills
  • Identity and Mission in Faith-Based Healthcare

Year 1-Fall

  • Human Physiology and Clinical Pathophysiology I
  • Patient/Client Management II: Examination and Evaluation
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Neuroscience I
  • Research I: Methods

Year 1- Spring

  • Human Physiology and Clinical Pathophysiology II
  • Cultural, Ethical, and Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare
  • Patient/Client Management III: Therapeutic Exercise
  • Neuroscience II
  • Research II: Literature Review/Background and Significance

Year 2- Summer

  • Pharmacology
  • Professional Foundations II: Communication
  • Patient/Client Management IV: Biophysical Agents
  • Screening for Medical Disorders
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

Year 2- Fall

  • Musculoskeletal I
  • Neuromuscular I
  • Integumentary
  • Geriatrics
  • Research III: Implementation and Interpretation

Year 2- Spring

  • Musculoskeletal II
  • Neuromuscular II
  • Pediatrics
  • Integrated Clinical Cases
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Year 3- Summer

  • Clinical Experience II
  • Professional Foundations III: Management and Leadership
  • Selected Topics
  • Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness
  • PT International Service Learning

Year 3- Fall

  • Clinical Experience III
  • Research IV: Preparing for Dissemination
  • Role Fidelity and the Exercise of Power

Year 3- Spring

  • Clinical Experience IV
  • Professional Foundations IV: Transition to Practice

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total program tuition fees: $100,800


Degree Level: Doctoral Degree

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About this institute

AdventHealth University

AdventHealth University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education in a faith-affirming environment. Service-oriented and guided by the values of nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship, the University seeks to develop leaders who will practice healthcare as a ministry....

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AdventHealth University

671 Winyah Drive
34758 Orlando Florida
United States of America (USA)

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