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Physical Therapy, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Pittsburg, CA, United States
As an integral part of Chatham University, the Physical Therapy Program educates doctors of physical therapy who will advance the quality of human life through excellence in clinical practice. 
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Overview

The Program educates autonomous practitioners who will meet the challenges of a dynamic health care environment and supports scholarly activity that bridges science and clinical practice.

The programme

Chatham University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate degree designed to prepare its graduates for practice in physical therapy at the successful completion of seven terms of study. The DPT program stresses clinical decision-making through the study of patient problems typically encountered in the clinical setting. The problem-based learning curriculum presents physical therapy in an integrated manner organized around body systems. The curriculum stresses the importance of evidence-based practice and professionalism throughout the student's learning experience.

In 2017, DPT alumni and faculty, Raj Sawhney and Steve Gough, created the Sawhney-Gough Clinical Excellence Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recognition and financial assistance to a second-year Physical Therapy student at Chatham University's School of Health Sciences. Students must meet GPA requirements, be members of the American Physical Therapy Association, and submit an essay discussing the importance of clinical communication, professionalism, and service activities. Applications are accepted during the fall semester of the second year in the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Lab: Human Gross Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Principles of Neuroscience
  • Lab: Principles of Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Clinical Skills
  • Foundations of Movement Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to the beginning of classes.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended sent directly to PTCAS.
  • Overall combined GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 as calculated by PTCAS.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23918 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11959 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    23918 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11959 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Per term

Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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