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Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the:


Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314


The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare physical therapy students to function as independent entry-level practitioners upon graduation.

Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Entry-Level DPT program are to graduate generalists who are skillfully able to:

  • Function as entry-level independent point-of-entry providers of physical habilitation and rehabilitation services.
  • Effectively examine, evaluate, diagnose, and provide appropriate interventions for patients with primary, secondary, and tertiary physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities across the lifespan.
  • Practice in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings.
  • Provide guidance and interventions to promote wellness and prevention and enhance the physical performance of persons in the community.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing with patients/families, colleagues, other health care workers, and the general public.
  • Effectively manage physical therapy services, administration, marketing strategies, and fiscal responsibilities for their practice setting.
  • Initiate a plan of lifelong learning.
  • Participate as professional and civic leaders to advance the profession of physical therapy.
  • Use evidence as a basis for critical thinking, decision-making, and independent practice.

Student Outcomes: Retention Rate, Graduation Rate, & Licensure Pass Rate

Please click on the link for UM-SOM-PTRS Student Outcomes (for 2010-2014) including retention rates, graduation rates, and licensure pass rates.