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Doctor of Physical Therapy

» Doctor of Physical Therapy

Continually accredited since 1928, Chapman's Department of Physical Therapy is the longest running Physical Therapists Education program in the United States. Click here to learn about our historic beginnings. 

This program offers:

+ - Upcoming Events

Campus Tours

For a campus tour, please RSVP on the tour calendar

New Student Luncheon

(Fall and Summer)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

9401 - Atrium

Information Session 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9 a.m. - Noon

RSVP is open to the first 300 prospective students.

Summer Orientation


Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rinker Health Science Campus

White Coat Ceremony

Friday, May 5, 2017

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall

DPT Career Fair

Friday, May 12, 2017

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9401 Atrium

DPT Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 20, 2017   

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Hall

Crean College Commencement

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wilson Field

DPT Graduation Reception

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sandhu Hall

Fall Orientation


Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rinker Health Science Campus

tDPT Fall Orientation


Friday, August 25, 2017

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Rinker Health Science Campus

+ - Chapman Bridge Program (4+3)

This program guarantees excellent Health Science students a seat in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and makes them eligible for scholarship money awarded to outstanding physical therapy students.   Early, guaranteed admission is a three-step process. Download this list.


  1. Declare the Physical Therapy track through the Office of the Registrar by the end of the sophomore year.


  1. Complete the following courses and adhere to the criteria associated with the courses:
  • BIO 204, BIO 205 (or BIO 208), HESC 210, HESC 365, HESC 366, CHEM 140, CHEM 150, PHYS 107, PHYS 108, and PSY 203 (or MATH 203)
  • Must be taken at Chapman University or must be identified as equivalent in the Chapman University/Saddleback College TAG agreement
  • May only be taken once
  • Must be taken for a letter grade
  • Must be completed by the end of spring semester junior year
  • Taken together the courses must compute to a GPA > 3.6


  • Student must schedule an interview with the Admissions Specialist to review and establish a plan to successfully complete the requirements guaranteed for early admission.


  1. Submit your application to PTCAS in August before the beginning of your senior year.
  2. GRE minimum scores: Verbal: 152, Quantitative 148, Writing 5.0
  3. Submit observation hours on PTCAS
  4. Degree conferral from Chapman University with a bachelor of science in Health Science
    - GPA > 3.4
  5. Submit deposit

+ - Curriculum and Outcomes

The curriculum grid is a tool by which students can track their course load semester-by-semester over the entire three-year DPT program. View the full size version.

See the graduate catalog for course descriptions and other general program information. For information on how to apply to the program, visit our admissions section.

2016 graduate outcomes and admissions averages.

DPT Program Student Outcomes

Graduation Rate

    • DPT Class of 2015: 94.2%
    • DPT Class of 2014: 95.8%
    • DPT Class of 2013: 97.8%

Employment Rate

    • DPT Class of 2016: 100%
    • DPT Class of 2015: 100%
    • DPT Class of 2014: 100%

Licensure Examination First Time Pass Rate

    • DPT Class of 2016: 100%
    • DPT Class of 2015: 98%

Licensure Examination Overall Pass Rate

    • DPT Class of 2016: 100%
    • DPT Class of 2015: 100%

+ - Grievance Procedures

Complaints Outside Existing Institutional Complaint or Grievance Procedures

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chapman University has policy to address complaints that may fall outside of the existing institutional complaint procedures as stated below:

The Department of Physical Therapy values comments and concerns that relate to its curriculum, students, faculty, and graduates from parties outside the University. We strive to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Procedures and Responsibilities

Complaints could be submitted in writing or anonymously.

The Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy or the Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Services will manage the complaint. If indicated, the DPT Chair or Dean will respond to the maker of the complaint within three (3) weeks of receiving the complaint. When appropriate, the Department Chair or his designee may consult with other University offices and personnel in addressing the complaint.

Responsible Party: Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy or Dean of the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Comments may be directed to the responsible parties. 

The Chair may be reached at: DPT@chapman.edu
Address: 9401 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine, CA 92618

The Dean may be reached at: creancollege@chapman.edu 
Address: 9401 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine, CA 92618[KR1] 

Existing Institutional Complaint, Hearing and Appeal Procedures:[KR2] 

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chapman University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
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