Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate. The transition from the Master of Physical Therapy degree to a professional doctorate was made to better prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving health care environment. The physical therapist's expertise in movement and movement dysfunction is unique in health care. The educational needs of physical therapists have increased as their societal and health care roles and responsibilities have grown to that of an independent practitioner.