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Become a Sought After Physical Therapist Professional

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides a cutting-edge, evidence-based education taught by our nationally recognized faculty. If you want a rewarding career as a physical therapist we’ll teach you the most current clinical techniques available, in an environment that helps students use their gifts and talents to contribute to a more just world.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Degree Overview

Regis University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is about more than working with weak or injured muscles and improving motion and mobility. It is about treating the whole person. The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum focuses on a cutting-edge, evidence-based model, taught by our nationally recognized faculty who present up-to-date clinical techniques to their students.

In addition to up-to-date knowledge of current practice issues in class, you will complete a total of 38 weeks of clinical experience, which is integrated throughout the curriculum. The School of Physical Therapy is affiliated with clinical facilities located throughout the United States, and some abroad. New clinical sites are continually being added for new and varied experiences. You will be prepared to be an autonomous general practitioner equipped with the necessary tools to practice physical therapy in the 21st century.

Applicants to the entry-level DPT must have a previous baccalaureate degree in any field of study other than physical therapy, as well as specific prerequisite courses. Prospective students are eligible to apply prior to completion of degree and prerequisite course work as long as the requirements will be met by the start of the program.

Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions offers you an outstanding education at a university known for its academic excellence and commitment to service learning. Your leadership, professional, and clinical skills will be our priority. All this in a setting that allows you to enjoy the cultural aspects of a big city and the abundant outdoor adventure that Colorado has to offer. Become a leader in physical therapy at Regis University!

Degree: Graduates are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

Format:  Full-time program consisting of 110 semester hours of study, completed over 8 consecutive semesters (including summers) which incorporates 38 weeks of full time clinical exposure.  Course work is completed on our campus in Denver, Colorado.  Clinicals are completed across the United States in urban and rural areas, and a limited number of international clinical opportunities. Students are required to participate in a minimum of one rural experience and one out-of-state experience to facilitate an appreciation of various practice settings.

Class Size: A new class of approximately 80 students starts each Fall semester.

Clinical Education

Knowledge in Practice

To enter the field of physical therapy with a competitive edge, graduates need to be confident, autonomous practitioners. At Regis University, in addition to your outstanding education in the classroom, you will also participate in 38 weeks of clinical experience. You will complete an initial 6 week clinical rotation in the second year of the program, followed by an 8 week experience; and, you will end the program by completing two consecutive 12 week clinical rotations. The clinical component of the program takes place off campus in quality clinical settings across the country in three different concentration areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and complex systems. To enhance your learning experience, students must complete one clinical session outside of Colorado, and one experience in a rural setting.

What makes Regis University’s clinical experience unique? We utilize our Clinical Educator Scholar Program, and our network of Transition DPT and Manual Therapy Fellowship Alumni. This program allows us to foster a close relationship with our clinical faculty to provide learning experiences for you that are aligned with our curriculum and mission.

Another unique aspect of our program may allow you the opportunity to complete alternate clinical experiences in specialized areas of practice, including a select number of international opportunities. Examples of alternative experiences include women’s health, APTA’s Political Action Committee, orthotics, hippotherapy and more. Selections vary each year but every effort is made to work with you to find specialized areas of practice to meet your interests. Our international opportunities have included trips to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Alternative experience availability varies year to year and is not guaranteed, but many students are able to take advantage of these exciting and often life changing opportunities. In most cases, the alternate experience is a 2 to 4 week session that replaces a portion of the 12 week session at the end of the program.

Selection for clinical rotations occurs approximately six months prior to each clinical. You will be provided a list of available sites and have access to detailed information regarding the site, including past student feedback. Final clinical assignments are determined by a computerized selection process based on your ranking and the internal ranking of sites.

During clinical rotations you will also participate in online coursework and discussions with academic faculty to enhance your hands-on experience. This allows you to stay closely connected to your faculty; and, in collaboration with the clinical instructor on-site, helps integrate knowledge gained from your courses and refine your skills in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, outcomes, and communication with diverse populations.

The clinical education component of the Regis University DPT program is recognized nationally for its contemporary and innovative approach to hands-on education, from the first ever Clinical Education Scholar program, to the continued online course contact with University faculty while on clinical. These experiences all add up to allow you to hit the ground running after graduation!

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Regis University. The total degree requires 110 semester hours. You can find a list of prerequisites here

Year I Fall Semester (16 Semester Hours)
DPT 701 Human Anatomy and Histology (6 semester hours)
DPT 703 Biomechanics/Kinesiology-Extremities (3 semester hours)
DPT 708 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP I (3 semester hours)
DPT 770 Professional Issues/Case Management I (1 semester hour)
DPT 776 Critical Inquiry (3 semester hours)
Year I Spring Semester (16 Semester Hours)
DPT 704 Neuroscience (4 semester hours)
DPT 705 Biomechanics/Kinesiology-Spine (2 semester hours)
DPT 706 Movement Science (2 semester hours)
DPT 710A Pharmacology (1 semester hour)
DPT 730 Physical Therapy Examination (3 semester hours)
DPT 732 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP II (4 semester hours)
Year I Summer Semester (15 Semester Hours)
DPT 707 Kinesiology II (4 semester hours)
DPT 714 Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care (3 semester hours)
DPT 733 Musculoskeletal Management I (3 semester hours)
DPT 771 Professional Issues/Case Management II (2 semester hours)
DPT 790 Evidence Based Practice I (2 semester hours)
DPT 719 Exercise Foundations (1 semester hour)
Year II Fall Semester (14 Semester Hours)
DPT 710B Pharmacology (1 semester hour)
DPT 712 Diagnostic Imaging and Procedures (2 semester hours)
DPT 734 Musculoskeletal Management II (4 semester hours)
DPT 736 Neurological Management I (3 semester hours)
DPT 750 Clinical Education I (2 semester hours)
DPT 772 Professional Issues/Case & Practice Management III (2 semester hours)
Year II Spring Semester (18 Semester Hours)
DPT 735 Musculoskeletal Management III (4 semester hours)
DPT 737 Neurological Management II (5 semester hours)
DPT 738 Management Applications of Physiology: MAP III (5 semester hours)
DPT 773 Professional Issues/Case Management IV (1 semester hour)
DPT 791 Evidence Based Practice II (1 semester hour)
HCE 709A Health Care Ethics for Physical Therapists (2 semester hours)
Year II Summer Semester (12 Semester Hours)
DPT 715 Health Care Policy (2 semester hours)
DPT 731 Differential Diagnosis (2 semester hours)
DPT 739 Exercise Applications (2 semester hours)
DPT 751 Clinical Education II (4 semester hours)
DPT 774 Professional Issues/Case Management V (1 semester hour)
HCE 709B Health Care Ethics for Physical Therapists (1 semester hour)
Year III Fall Semester (11 Semester Hours)
DPT 716 Business Management (2 semester hours)
DPT 752 Clinical Education III (5 semester hours)
DPT 775 Professional Issues/Case Management VI (1 semester hour)
DPT 780E-W Topics in Physical Therapy I (1 semester hour)
DPT 781E-W Topics in Physical Therapy II (1 semester hour)
DPT 792 Evidence Based Practice III (1 semester hour)
DPT 799 Comprehensive Exam (0 semester hours)
Year III Spring Semester (8 Semester Hours)
DPT 753 Clinical Education IV (6 semester hours)
DPT 793 Evidence Based Practice IV (1 semester hour)
DPT 796 Capstone (1 semester hour)

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

The Physical Therapist Education program at Regis University is 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.

School of Physical Therapy Faculty

Regis University's School of Physical Therapy faculty represent a blend of expert clinicians and doctorally-prepared experts.

Passion for Teaching: Our faculty believe that excellence in teaching is one of the most important attributes of a faculty member and continually pursue growth, development, and expertise in teaching, considering different student learning styles, new and innovative teaching technology and curriculum design. 100% of our faculty are doctorally prepared.

Clinical Excellence: All faculty with degrees in physical therapy continue to practice in clinical environments, maintaining contemporary clinical expertise to facilitate classroom teaching. Some practice in off campus sites, some own and operate private practices, and others practice in our innovative on-campus clinic know as RegisCARES. 100% of our faculty who are PT's actively practice.

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Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $795
Other Fees
Health Insurance* (waived with proof of other insurance)
   Fall Rate (August 22, 2014-December, 31 2014)
   Spring/Summer Rate (January 1, 2015-August 21, 2015)

Lab Fee (per year, assessed in years 1 & 2) $400
Background Check and Drug Screen (initial screen upon admission) 
*Clinical site requirements may require additional screening, cost varies by student. This is an external agency fee.
Graduation Application Fee $50

The majority of student in the program are paying for tuition and living expenses through student loans. Once admitted to the program, you will have a financial aid counselor available to work with you on securing loans. Additionally, we offer ten Dean's Scholarships, in the amount of $20,000 per scholarship, to each incoming class. All students admitted to the program are considered for the scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement and/or diversity.

*Students who elect the University sponsored health insurance are enrolled for the entire year and cannot drop mid-year without a change of life exception. Only students who are enrolled in programs that require health insurance are eligible for the University sponsored plan.

How to Apply

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You can email your admission counselor with questions at healthcare@regis.edu.