Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Physical Therapy

DPT in Physical Therapy

Students graduate from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with the skills and knowledge needed to practice competently in the management of patients with problems related to the movement system. The DPT program has been ranked in the top 10 programs in physical therapy in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report since 1995. Our program embraces excellence in teaching and research and also promotes and delivers service to the community locally, nationally and globally.

The DPT program is a nine semester program, which includes 32 weeks of full-time clinical experience. The program, including teaching space and faculty offices, is housed on the Coral Gables campus in the Plumer Building.

As a first professional degree, the curriculum is designed to further the education of students who possess a baccalaureate degree and a background in liberal arts, humanities and science.

PhD in Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (PhD) is designed to prepare physical therapists for leadership positions in academic and research settings.

This preparation includes: proficiency in instructional design, teaching methods and evaluation; advanced knowledge and skill in research methods, design, implementation of analysis and communication of results; and expertise in a specified content area.

The PhD curriculum is designed to further the education of students who possess a PT degree and license in the U.S. or another country. It includes an integrated program of advanced, specialized study based on the student’s undergraduate studies and/or adequate background—drawing upon the industry, initiative and scholarship of the student.