The DPT core curricula tracks consist of basic science, applied science, leadership and professional development, critical inquiry, and patient and practice management courses.

The DPT curricula integrates course content using signature pedagogies (including team-based learning and case-based learning, among others) to ensure that students’ learning experience emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, research, and student accountability. Our dynamic faculty are experts committed to providing the best learning experience with a balance of theoretical, practical, and analytical instruction that prepares students to be practitioners and change agents dedicated to resolving healthcare's unique challenges.

Our programs optimize technology and evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies to capitalize best online learning practices/methods. Tufts DPT provides students with online learning tools to best incorporate a mix of virtual and blended learning. Students engage in the curriculum through interactive virtual online coursework, eight onsite clinical skill lab sessions, and clinical education to become Doctors of Physical Therapy.

Curriculum highlights: done in 7 semesters, follows best teaching approaches, includes 8 onsite clinical skills labs and 31 weeks of clinical education.

Plans of Study

The collection and interconnectedness of the body systems allow for human movement to occur. The knowledge and integration of body systems is necessary for students to view the patient comprehensively. These systems are integrated in the Tufts DPT coursework through planned learning activities and assessments. The curriculum plans prepare students to treat patients with any health condition, across the lifespan, and in any health care setting. Specific courses provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills to manage patients with cardiopulmonary, neurologic, and musculoskeletal conditions. The integration of these systems is taught within the scope of examination through management for the populations we serve.




Asynchronous Online Work

Students are offered the flexibility to complete portions of asynchronous content according to their schedule. Course content includes a blend of asynchronous pre-recorded lectures, videos, scholarly readings, podcasts, and active learning assignments.

Synchronous Online Classes

Tufts DPT faculty engage students in weekly synchronous sessions, where students dive into rich discussions surrounding weekly content. Students engage in team-based learning strategies, small group discussions, and application of principles through case-based discussions.

Clinical Skills Labs and Hands-On Training

Students engage in eight onsite clinical skills labs during the duration of the program. Lab sessions range anywhere from 8-12 consecutive days in length, including weekends, depending on the semester courses.

Preparation for Physical Therapy Licensure

The hybrid curricula prepare graduates to pursue licensure and sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) from Day 1 of the program's start. Exams are designed with time limits to reflect similar times of that of the NPTE. Students also engage in a formal NPTE preparatory training course in Semester 5 of the program before sitting for the NPTE Practice Exam & Assessment Tool (PEAT) while in the program.

Clinical Education

Clinical education is a vital component of a student's journey to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). It offers invaluable exposure to a diverse range of physical therapy practice settings and patients throughout the lifespan. These immersive, full-time experiences take place during the final three semesters of study, providing students with the opportunity to apply their learning and grow into competent DPT professionals.

During clinical education experiences, students are immersed in real clinical settings, where they learn to function as practicing physical therapists. Under the direct supervision and guidance of experienced physical therapists, students have the chance to apply their knowledge and skills directly to patients. This hands-on experience allows them to develop safe and effective practical skills in all facets of patient care.

Moreover, clinical learning environments foster the development of teamwork and collaboration. Students learn to work seamlessly as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams, recognizing the significance of collaborative patient care. This exposure enhances their ability to communicate effectively, understand the roles of other healthcare professionals, and contribute to comprehensive patient management.

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