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»Doctor of Physical Therapy

The curriculum leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree requires three calendar years of full-time enrollment and consists of 125 credits.  The DPT curriculum begins with basic sciences that are then applied to the clinical or practice management courses. Clinical experiences are integrated into the curriculum with full time experiences during semesters 5, 7, and 9. You will complete the physical therapy degree with 44-50 weeks of clinical experiences, depending on your personal clinical experience choices. All courses in the curriculum are based on evidence and include content to promote excellence as a professional with patients across the lifespan and across practice settings in order to produce excellent clinicians who are prepared to assume leadership roles in the profession. Chapman is very proud that in 2011, 100% of the DPT program graduates successfully passed the licensure examination on the first try.

+-Research

You will participate in research activities with faculty members including assignments based upon your interests and talents. During the program, you will complete a series of courses intended to develop the critical skills necessary to evaluate the evidence for physical therapy practice. You will have the opportunity to choose your level of participation in actual research projects.

+-Clinical Education

The Chapman University DPT program is designed to provide regularly spaced clinical education so you are able to apply and integrate the didactic information from your course-work to clinical setting under the supervision of practicing clinicians. These clinical experiences will be provided through partnerships with a growing national network of clinical sites. For more detailed information visit this page.

+-Curriculum Grid

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.

+-Academic Outcomes

The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to providing accurate and reliable information regarding the successful student outcomes for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program.  Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The DPT program at Chapman University is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

As you search for the ideal education program, understanding the programs and their educational outcomes may provide important information to help with your decision making.  We have provided you with information regarding entering class information, as well as the licensure pass rate, employment rate, and graduation rates for recent graduates.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. 

Licensure Pass Rate

      Chapman University DPT program has excellent licensure pass rates, historically exceeding both State and National average rates.  For the previous 5 years, overall, 100% of the DPT program graduates have successfully passed the licensure examination (see Table).  In addition, the content area scores demonstrated by Chapman DPT graduates are consistently higher than the US National Averages. 

For more information on the licensure pass rate for Chapman University DPT program, please feel free to examine our 2013 FSBPT report  from the Federation of States Board of Physical Therapy Examination or our 2013 FSBPT Content Area  report for comparison of Content Area Scores from Chapman University DPT graduates and US test takers. 

Licensure Pass Rate (%) Comparison of Chapman University DPT to State and National rates*

 

Chapman Overall

Chapman First Time

State

National

2007

100

97.44

89.23

88.1

2008

100

97.22

85

85.45

2009

100

97.44

90.04

87.64

2010

100

97.50

88.16

87.99

2011

100

97.67

87.52

89.19

2012

100

90.70

89.40

88.64

* data from Federation of States Board of Physical Therapy Examination- report date  5/24/13

Employment Rate

The Department of Physical Therapy at Chapman University annually surveys the graduates in part to determine how successful the search id for employment.  Using the definition of employment rate set by CAPTE [“the percent of graduates who were employed as PTs … within six months of passing the licensure examination], we are pleased to report that our graduates demonstrated a 100% employment rate.  In fact, over the past 5 years, our graduates have reported a 100% employment rate!

Graduation Rate

The number of students who matriculated is compared to the number that graduated for the DPT program at Chapman University over the past 3 years is presented.  The three year average graduation rate is 89%. 

chart comparing graduating students vs matriculated students from 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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