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Tufts University School of Medicine

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Program Overview

Tufts University offers our hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in two locations, Boston and Phoenix.

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. Tufts DPT graduates are market-ready physical therapists ready to serve society as human movement specialists. 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.
  • DPT-Phoenix

    Learn more about the program offered in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Program Mission & Core Values

Our programs provide an excellent education to a diverse student body within a dynamic and innovative environment. We are committed to developing Doctors of Physical Therapy professionals who live purposeful lives with a personal commitment to excellence, life-long learning, critical inquiry, and meaningful service who positively impact the human experience and societal health. 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, the DPT program 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, student-centered approach and accessibility.

Program Locations

Boston

Boston harborThe Greater Boston Area, which includes Medford, has a well-deserved reputation as an intellectual and medical hub. In large part, this city’s economy and reputation are derived from its advanced teaching and research facilities, including 100 colleges and universities within the Greater Boston Area. Our DPT students enjoy after class activities including world-class museums, universities, theaters, and gourmet dining with easy convenient public local transportation.

The Tufts University School of Medicine onsite learning spaces utilized within in this program are located in Boston for our Human Anatomy and all courses that provide simulation-enhanced education.

The skills and practice acquired in the Human Anatomy course are essential to the medical school experience, and so offering students a quality learning environment is crucial. The Michael Jaharis Jr. Anatomy Laboratory located at Tufts Health Sciences Campus in Boston, provides opportunities for DPT students to solidify learning. Additionally, the state-of-the-art simulation center allows students to receive improved critical thinking and hands-on skills, greater sensitivity, and increased confidence.

Beginning January 2022, onsite learning spaces for non-simulation-based courses will be on the Tufts Medford campus, located only seven stops away from Downtown on the Red Line.

Phoenix

Downtown PhoenixKnown 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).

Accreditation Status

DPT Program in Boston, MA

Effective (May 12, 2020), Tufts University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program 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.

DPT Program in Phoenix, AZ

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 617-636-3880 or email eric.hegedus@tufts.edu.

Tufts University in Phoenix, AZ is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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.

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DPT Program Director & Staff

Megan Donaldson, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT
Boston Program Director

Eric J Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, MHSc
Phoenix Program Director

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Scholarship Fund

Support future physical therapists.

Please note that the fund is only connected to the program in Boston.