Physical Therapy (DPT)
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Physical Therapy (DPT)

Students in our DPT program have the opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge and clinical skills basic to physical therapy practice, participate in supervised clinical experiences, and develop research skills-- all in a full-time program lasting three academic years. [Photo by Jake Koteen]

Post-Baccalaureate Entry into the DPT Program

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is to graduate competent, ethical, and autonomous physical therapists who value practice, research, and lifelong learning. Faculty and graduates appreciate diversity and collaboration and take proactive roles in the community and the health care system.

Our faculty is made up of expert clinicians with doctoral degrees who are committed to advancing the profession of physical therapy and mentoring those who will become the new professionals of tomorrow. Our faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12, and this smaller class size allows the faculty to devote more attention to students and to get to know you and your educational needs.

The DPT is a 3-year, full-time 12-month program. It includes content and process-based courses, starting with a core of foundational science courses, clinical content/lab courses, and applied clinical integration courses. Emphasis is placed on clinical decision making, research design, and functional outcomes.


Catherine Certo, Professor/Program Director
Physical Therapy Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Hartford is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, tel: 703.706.3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Catherine Certo at 860.768.5367 or email


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