Doctor of Physical Therapy

Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy at a world-class school of medicine.

Tufts School of Medicine is nationally—and internationally—renowned for excellence in medicine, population health education, and advanced research. Our rigorous online coursework is coupled with eight in-person clinical sessions in Boston or Phoenix, and students graduate in just seven semesters.

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Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy at a world-class school of medicine.

Tufts School of Medicine is nationally—and internationally—renowned for excellence in medicine, population health education, and advanced research. Our rigorous online coursework is coupled with eight in-person clinical sessions in Boston or Phoenix, and students graduate in just seven semesters.

| Applications for Summer 2023 Start June 15

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Tufts DPT graduates are market-ready physical therapists ready to serve society as human movement specialists. Tufts University offers our hybrid DPT programs in two locations, Boston and Phoenix.

The Tufts Difference

The Tufts DPT programs offer an accelerated hybrid education model designed to develop high-performing healthcare professionals with the skills and perspectives necessary to meet team-oriented healthcare demands in the 21st century to serve the health and well-being of diverse populations. The DPT programs are offered in two locations, Boston, Massachusetts, and Phoenix, Arizona, which allows greater flexibility for students to attend onsite curriculum requirements. When applying to the Tufts DPT programs, keep in mind that students who apply for and enroll in DPT-Boston, will be required to attend the clinical skills labs that take place in Boston, and students who apply for and enroll in DPT-Phoenix, will attend skills labs in Phoenix.

DPT-Boston

Learn more about the program offered in Boston, MA.

You may also view upcoming admissions events or make an appointment with an admissions counselor during office hours.

DPT-Phoenix

Learn more about the program offered in Phoenix, AZ.

You may also view upcoming admissions events or make an appointment with an admissions counselor during office hours.

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What attracted me to Tufts DPT is the accelerated model which is unique. We can get a head-start by finishing earlier than other programs.

Joanne Her, DPT22

Mission & Core Values

Our programs prepare future professional physical therapists to positively impact societal health and improve the human experience through our commitment to excellence, inclusion, discovery, and meaningful service. Both of our DPT programs value academic, personal, and moral growth within a safe, challenging, and responsive community. In alignment with the Tufts University School of Medicine, our core values guide the program's quality, student experience, and program mission. These values include a commitment to excellence, humanism, social responsibility, and professionalism.

Why Tufts DPT

Why Tufts: Our program's excellence. innovation, mentorship and accessibility
  • Tufts University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the School of Medicine. Tufts is student-centered in its approach, dedicated to creating, applying, and sharing knowledge. It is a part of our mission and commitment to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment where students and faculty work closely together.

    Tufts DPT faculty are excellent teachers, researchers, and advocates. Faculty have advanced training in the best practices for engaging online teaching and learning and are known for being approachable and knowledgeable, ideal characteristics for graduate-level learning. As researchers, Tufts DPT faculty have published hundreds of research articles and garnered millions of dollars of grants. They are also regarded as leaders in their profession and strong contributors to the profession through professional service. Tufts DPT faculty are professionally active including service to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and as journal reviewers and editorial board members. We encourage you to learn more about our teams.

  • The Tufts DPT curriculum for each program follows an accelerated hybrid model that allows students to begin their professional practice sooner than other programs. Our evidence-based curricula gives students from around the country access to an online virtual classroom.

    Both programs provide onsite clinical skills lab sessions. These are immersive learning sessions that reinforce decision-making, critical hands-on skills, and learning activities that physical therapists need to excel. Onsite learning spaces allow for interprofessional collaboration, simulation-enhanced education, and team-based activities to be integrated throughout the curricula.

    The clinical education training consists of 31 weeks of full-time clinical training in a variety of clinical settings nationwide. We have preferred clinical partners that uphold Tufts standards of quality and excellence throughout the clinical education training. The Tufts DPT clinical education curriculum offers integrated and full-time clinical experiences to maximize students' market readiness. The clinical education team aligns each program's curriculum with accreditation requirements while remaining student-centered and considering each student's professional goals and personal needs. We encourage you to review our clinical education plan.

  • Tufts DPT has been intentional about building a diverse community of learners and providing services to support our students. Support outside the classroom is an integral part of any educational process for student retention and success. Given the accelerated curriculum and distance learning, student professional growth and emotional support are vitally important. The confluence of the academic coaching or learning communities, the Office of Student Services, and Talk One2One counseling services provides an environment that addresses each student's individual needs at the program, institution, and community level. These relationships and services demonstrate a commitment to addressing our students' diverse retention and remediation needs.

    At Tufts, we value student-centered learning with a commitment to quality education. Tufts DPT faculty are readily accessible to meet with students to assist in course work and career planning. They are focused on student growth and serve as an added pillar of support, walking together with students along the journey of academic and professional growth.

  • Conveniently, Tufts University offers two DPT programs located in Boston and Phoenix.

    Tufts DPT programs offer flexibility for students to live anywhere in the country so long as they can travel to their program’s location (Boston or Phoenix) for intensive, hands-on clinical skills training experiences. Tufts DPT uses best practices for face-to-face live class sessions and engaging virtual learning strategies. The onsite clinical skill labs are engaging, dynamic, and energetic. Students enjoy larger group collaboration and intimate 10:1 student to faculty ratios to ensure they receive the feedback that is critical to hands-on learning. Tufts DPT curriculum includes a service-learning project and interprofessional educational activities with other Tufts School of Medicine programs.

Program Locations

Boston

The Boston DPT program is based in the Tufts University Medford and Boston campuses. While on campus, students will complete most of the program's in-person component in the DPT-Boston location in Medford. To complete the Human Anatomy and all courses that provide simulation-enhanced education, students will utilize the Tufts University School of Medicine's state-of-the-art Michael Jaharis Jr. Anatomy Laboratory located in the Health Sciences Campus in Boston. The Tufts Medford campus provides students with the quintessential college experience but is located only seven stops away from Downtown Boston on the Red Line.

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Downtown Phoenix

Phoenix

Known for its year-round warm temperatures and clear skies, Phoenix—and its multicity metropolitan area—is appropriately nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. Located in the Southwestern United States, in the state of Arizona, Phoenix is a thriving, exciting and growing metropolis. Phoenix is the state’s capital and is centrally located, close to all that the region has to offer—lakes, deserts, and mountains. While in town, students can enjoy the outdoors (camping, hiking, boating), as well as the city life (restaurants and cafés, museums, galleries, concerts).

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Accreditation Status

DPT Program in Boston, MA

Effective May 12, 2020, Tufts University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (Boston) has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617-636-3593 or email megan.donaldson@tufts.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Any member of the Tufts University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint without fear of retaliation. Anonymous complaints may be made by reporting online at Anonymous Reporting.

DPT Program in Phoenix, AZ

Effective May 10, 2022, Tufts University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (Phoenix) has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617-636-3880 or email eric.hegedus@tufts.edu

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Any member of the Tufts University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint without fear of retaliation. Anonymous complaints may be made by reporting online at Anonymous Reporting.

Preparation for Professional Licensure

Both of the Tufts Doctor of Physical Therapy programs meet the educational requirements for professional licensure as a Physical Therapist in all 50 states.