The University of Colorado Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program prepares graduates to be competent physical therapists capable of assuming roles as clinical practitioners, educators, scholars/researchers, administrators, consultants, and advocates. The 8-semester curriculum completed in 2.5 years provides unique opportunities for students, beginning with strong foundational science content in the first year and culminating with a year-long clinical internship. Courses include both didactic (classroom) and laboratory (hands-on) learning that complement integrated and full-time clinical experiences beginning in the second semester.
Our clinical education curriculum incorporates both short-term (1-2 week) integrated clinical experiences (ICE) and longer (8-10 week) clinical experiences during the first two years of the curriculum. In the third year, students will complete either a 16-week clinical experience before graduation or a year-long, paid internship, with 16 weeks in the pre-graduation phase and 8 months in the post-graduation phase as a licensed PT receiving structured mentoring in the clinical setting. All students have the opportunity to apply and interview at sites of their choice during the application process for the final clinical experience.
Integrated Clinical Education I (ICE I)
Integrated Clinical Education II (ICE II)
Clinical Education II
Option 1- Clinical Education III