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Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

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  • Course description
    The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) is the new educational standard for the field. At Fresno State, the DPT is a joint program with the University of California, San Francisco and is designed to expand the foundation of knowledge developed in the Master's of Physical Therapy Program and better prepare graduates to function autonomously in current and future healthcare environments. This final year of learning is dynamic and interactive with a strong evidence-based approach. Learning activities are centered on active student involvement through seminars, case studies, clinical investigations, grand rounds, and patient care.

    Admissions to the post-professional joint DPT Graduate Program. Students who successfully completed the MPT (final GPA of 3.0 or better, passed the culmination for the MPT, satisfactory completion of all clinical clerkships including PHTH 275, and demonstrated acceptable record of professional behavior) are automatically eligible for the DPT year of study. Students must submit a graduate application to UCSF for fall admission (check UCSF catalog for deadlines).
    The DPT year is an additional 9 months of advanced study (34 semester units).
    The joint DPT year is offered as a self-support year and therefore, additional fees apply. Please contact the physical therapy program office for updated information.

    Culminating Experience for the DPT. Students research and write an in-depth patient case report and an evidence based review of a clinical problem following the criteria established in PHTH 295/296 and PHTH 209/297 courses. The manuscripts must be prepared in a journal-ready format as well as presented orally to an audience of faculty and peers.

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