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DPT Program Mission Statement 

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers innovative educational opportunities that respond to societal needs. The Physical Therapy Program fosters diverse graduates who are competent, autonomous, and contemporary-movement specialists with a foundation in evidence-informed practice and clinical reasoning. We prepare critical thinking and reflective practitioners who provide culturally responsive patient-centric care.   

DPT Program Vision Statement    

Harrisburg University DPT program graduates exemplify the professionalism and leadership skills necessary to transform society by optimizing human movement.    

DPT Program Core Values     

Civic Engagement:  Establish high standards of professionalism by engaging in the community through leadership and advocacy, both politically and non-politically, for the inclusive and equitable well-being of patients, the community, and the profession of physical therapy.     

Global Awareness/Health Equity: Support local, regional, national, and global societies using movement sciences expertise to identify the cause and effects of inequity. We provide culturally responsive, comprehensive education to future physical therapists.   

Ethical-Decision Making: Guide education by the physical therapy profession’s core values and ethical principles.    

Communication/Teamwork and Collaboration:  Inspire effective communication, mutual respect, and teamwork through culturally responsive collaboration with peers, patients, families, and communities.    

 Information literacy/Critical Thinking/Evidence-Informed Practice: Integrate critical-thinking skills, clinical reasoning, self-directed learning, and evidence-informed practice for effective implementation of culturally responsive patient-centric care and societal engagement.   

Entrepreneurship:  Develop the movement of science specialists who employ an entrepreneurial framework to pursue opportunities that generate value to satisfy individual, organizational, community, and societal needs.    

DPT Curriculum Map 

FallSpringSummer
Year OneCulturally Responsive Professionalism – Cr: 2
Clinical Medicine in PT Practice I – Cr: 2
Movement Science I – Cr: 2
Evidence Informed PT Practice I – Cr: 2

Total Credits: 12
PT Exam and Rehab Principles – Cr: 4
Clinical Medicine in PT Practice II – Cr: 4
Movement Science II – Cr: 4

Total Credits: 12
Neuroscience Fundamentals in PT – Cr: 3
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation – Cr: 4
Musculoskeletal PT I – Cr: 4
Integrated Clinical Experience I – Cr: 1

Total Credits: 12
Year TwoCulturally Responsive Professionalism II – Cr: 1
NeuromuscuIar Rehabilitation – Cr: 4
Clinical Integration of PT Principles I – Cr: 3 Musculoskeletal PT II – Cr: 4

Total Credits: 12
PT within the Inpatient Continuum of Care –
Cr: 3
Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive
Technology in Healthcare –
Cr: 2
Clinical Integration of PT Principles II –
Cr: 3
Evidence Informed PT Practice II –
Cr: 2
Integrated Clinical Experience II –
Cr: 1

Total Credits: 11
Culturally Responsive Professionalism III – Cr: 2
Clinical Medicine in PT Practice III – Cr: 2
Clinical Integration of PT Principles III – Cr: 3
Pediatric Physical Therapy Practice – Cr: 3
Physical Therapy for the Aging Adult – Cr: 2

Total Credits: 12
Year
Three
Leadership and Health Informatics in PT Practice – Cr: 3
Physical Therapy in Primary Care – Cr: 2
Clinical Integration of PT Principles IV – Cr: 2
Service Learning in Physical Therapy – Cr: 1
Advanced Practice Electives – Cr: 2

Total Credits: 10
National PT Exam Review – Cr:1
Clinical Experience in PT I – Cr:4
Clinical Experience in PT II – Cr:4

Total Credits: 9
Physical Therapy Capstone – Cr:1
Clinical Experience in PT III Clinical – Cr:4
Experience in PT IV – Cr:4
Total Credits: 9

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The HU DPT program admits qualified individuals who wish to further their academic studies in the field of physical therapy and offers a career pathway for licensed physical therapist assistants to learn the necessary skills of a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Learners accepted into the HU DPT Program must meet the following criteria:

HU GENERAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:

DPT PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Physical Therapist

DPT Tuition and Financial Facts

  • FAFSA Code – 039483
  • The cost of this program is $830 per credit hour. Textbooks (electronic access) and lab kits are included.
  • Fees: $500 per semester fee
  • Tuition for 99 credits = $82,170
  • Fees for 9 semesters = $4,500
  • Total Cost: $86,670. **Does not include travel and lodging during lab immersions and clinical experiences.
  • Cost of travel and lodging during lab immersions and clinical experiences is not included within tuition and fees.

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Notice of Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; www.fsbpt.org) or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT’s website.

Harrisburg University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on November 1, 2024. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.