Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Kosair for Kids School of Physical Therapy

Spalding University’s new School of Physical Therapy offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* degree for aspiring physical therapists. This entry-level DPT is a hybrid, low-residency program. Classes are a mix of online lectures and monthly onsite lab experiences.

A post-professional DPT (transitional DPT) for practicing clinicians will also be offered with all classes 100% online.

With both tracks (see a breakdown of each), you can pursue your doctorate in a space that’s convenient for you—your home or anywhere you choose.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit with us, please contact Andru Botner, the Physical Therapy Department Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or phone at (502) 873-4449 to set up an appointment.

Do you have your bachelor’s degree or are you in your last year of undergraduate study? Our entry-level DPT program provides a direct path to earning your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Low residency, hybrid format

110 credit hours

  • Online classes and lectures (68 credit hours)
  • Onsite immersive labs one week per month (26 credit hours)
  • Clinicals (16 credit hours, 32 weeks)

Fall 2023 start date

48 students per cohort

Are you a licensed, practicing physical therapist looking to advance your career? Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in our post-professional DPT program.

100% online format

30 credit hours (may be eligible to transfer up to 10 hrs)

  • Online classes and lectures (18 credit hours)
  • Capstone (2 credit hours)

Rolling admissions

10 students per cohort

Why our DPT?

Earning your DPT degree is convenient and attainable at Spalding University—a leader in healthcare education in Kentucky.

As a student in our program, you’ll learn alongside peers from all over the country and work with an accomplished, supportive faculty. Our professors have decades of clinical practice and online teaching experience.

As an entry-level DPT student, you’ll have in-person, immersive lab experiences in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to physical therapy. This nearly 22,000 sq. ft. facility includes anatomy and skills labs as well as student lounge and study space.

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The job market for physical therapists is expected to grow at a rate greater than the national average over the next 10 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-29). There is also a projected positive employment change of 47,000.

When you graduate from Spalding’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference in the lives of your clients. You will also serve an important role in a healthcare profession that’s in demand.

Take the first step, learn more about our program.

Effective October 25, 2022, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Spalding University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 502-873-4449 or email [email protected].

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not apply to post-professional physical therapy programs.

Spalding University is an equal-opportunity educational institution. The University does not discriminate against otherwise qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.