Entry-Level DPT Curriculum

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is for individuals interested in becoming a physical therapist. The curriculum requires a 90-credit, pre-professional program and a three-and-one-half year, 123-credit, professional program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides students with a comprehensive preparation for providing physical therapy services. The curriculum provides students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary for excellence in physical therapy practice. The DPT curriculum requires 10 semesters of full-time course work over the course of 3.5 calendar years. The DPT program is considered a "lock step" curriculum, meaning that the courses are taken in a specific sequence meant to build each students' knowledge and skill. 

Professional Licensure Notification 

States and the District of Columbia may require completion of specific educational requirements to become licensed in Physical Therapy. These requirements may differ depending on the jurisdiction.  

Federal regulations require an educational program that is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification to make available to prospective and enrolled students information to help the student determine if the program's curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for State licensure.  The required information for theDPT Program as it pertains to the States and the District of Columbia ("U.S. jurisdictions") is provided below.

The University has determined that the curriculum of the program leading to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Wayne State University meets the educational requirements for licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions.