Physical Therapy for Practicing Physical Therapists (DPT)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) for Practicing Physical Therapist Program is designed to educate professional physical therapists who are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, reflective, humanistic, and service-oriented and who, by virtue of critical thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs.

The DPT for Practicing Physical Therapists Program enables currently practicing, licensed physical therapists to upgrade their clinical knowledge and skills to today’s entry-level professional doctoral degree. Practicing physical therapists who were educated at the certificate, baccalaureate, or master’s level have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, exercise science, physical therapist examinations and interventions, business practices, and critical inquiry. Upgrading the knowledge and skill of practicing physical therapists to the doctoral level (DPT) enables them to better serve their patients and clients.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.