Chatham University

Physical Therapy (DPT) Curriculum

All physical therapy courses are limited to physical therapy students unless permission is obtained from the program director.

Chatham’s entry-level physical therapy program supports and enhances the University’s mission to educate its graduates to become leaders in their careers and to serve society. The program strives to educate competent physical therapists qualified to practice autonomously and within the interdisciplinary health care team in diverse health care settings. It seeks to advance the student’s knowledge and skills by promoting the value of evidence-based practice and encourages service to a variety of communities through active involvement in service-oriented programs. Through this unique program, Chatham seeks to provide an academic community in which all participants exhibit a commitment to excellence in clinical practice, service to the profession and larger community, and lifelong learning.

Designed to prepare graduates to serve as generalists, the curriculum stresses clinical decision making through the study of patient problems typically encountered in the clinical setting. Normal structure and function provide a basis for the study of disease processes and prevention, and the effect of pathology and impairments on function and quality of life. The modified problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum presents the clinical arts and science of physical therapy in an integrated manner organized around body systems.

Chatham University offers a DPT degree upon successful completion of seven terms of study. Candidates follow a sequence of courses that includes 36 weeks of clinical field placements.

Program Requirements