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Thank you for your interest in the CU Physical Therapy Program Hybrid Pathway

CU Anschutz and UCCS are academic partners within the CU System who provide a unified academic curriculum offered at a residential campus in Aurora, CO and a hybrid campus in Colorado Springs, CO. In collaboration with the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) Campus, the CU Physical Therapy Program is finalizing an 8-semester hybrid pathway. The UCCS Hybrid pathway will share the same coursework and have the same graduation requirements at the Residential Pathway on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The CU DPT Program plans to enroll the inaugural cohort in the Summer of 2024. Utilizing resources and talent from both the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and the UCCS Campus in Colorado Springs, we look forward to combining our world-class physical therapy education with innovative teaching practices and practical experiences.

Students in the hybrid pathway will have the option to live in their local community throughout their DPT education and travel to the UCCS Campus for approximately 7-14 days of intensive lab immersion within each semester or learning block. The rest of the course content occurs online in synchronous or asynchronous format. The hybrid track blends the convenience of online learning with the excellence of in-person lab immersion experiences throughout the educational experience. Students with specific interest in rural healthcare and preparation for pursuing a PT career in a rural community are considered ideal candidates for the hybrid program in Colorado Springs. Clinical experiences will be offered in the Colorado Springs area, rural Colorado, and across the nation. It may also be possible for students to complete clinical experiences in their local community. 


Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 


The University of Colorado is seeking approval of a new physical therapist education hybrid pathway from CAPTE. The Program submitted the Application for Approval of Substantive Change on March 1, 2022 and is provisionally accredited at this time. Prospective students interested in this pathway can plan to apply in the PTCAS 2023-2024 cycle.

Please check here regularly for updates on this program.