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Doctor of Physical Therapy



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The DPT curriculum bridges theory and practice. Students complete several clinical education experiences – including three clinical internships – to gain skills in a variety of practice settings. Students explore specialty areas including cardiopulmonary, clinical electrophysiology, geriatrics, orthopedics, neuromuscular, pediatrics, and sports.

A hallmark of the SAU program is a focus on professional behaviors, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice. Students work closely with a faculty advisor on a yearlong, evidence-based practice scholarship project. Students identify the most relevant literature to guide clinical decision-making and then share their work with practicing clinicians. This is made possible through small class classes of no more than 36 students which allows faculty members to provide personalized attention.

Students come from all over the country with undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects and majors. They bring diverse and pre-professional experiences to the classroom. Classes include graduate students seeking their first professional degree and adults preparing for another career.

Putting Knowledge to Work

Students can apply what they learn in the new SAU Interprofessional Health Clinic which provides health services to the underserved population.