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Doctor of Physical Therapy

» Doctor of Physical Therapy

Continually accredited since 1928, Chapman's Department of Physical Therapy is the longest running Physical Therapists Education program in the United States. Click here to learn about our historic beginnings. 

This program offers:

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+ - Curriculum and Outcomes

The curriculum grid is a tool by which students can track their course load semester-by-semester over the entire three-year DPT program. View the full size version.

See the graduate catalog for course descriptions and other general program information. For information on how to apply to the program, visit our admissions section.

2016 graduate outcomes and admission averages.

+ - Upcoming Events

Fall Cohort Orientation          August 23 and 24
Time: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus
tDPT Orientation August 24, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus
Fall Information Session       

September 15, 2018                                                      
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm                                                    
Rinker Health Science Campus

White Coat Ceremony
(2021 S & F)

Octobor 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Memorial Hall

New Student Luncheon

March 9, 2019  
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus

Spring Information Session

May 29, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus

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+ - Chapman Bridge Program (4+3)

This program guarantees excellent Health Science students a seat in Chapman University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and makes them eligible for scholarship money awarded to outstanding physical therapy students.   Early, guaranteed admission is a three-step process. Download this list.

Step One:

  1. Declare the Physical Therapy track through the Office of the Registrar by the end of the sophomore year.

Step Two:

  1. Complete the following courses and adhere to the criteria associated with the courses:
  • BIO 204, BIO 205 (or BIO 208), HSK 210 (or BIOL 210), HSK 365 (or BIOL 365), HSK 366 (or BIOL 366), CHEM 140, CHEM 150, PHYS 107, PHYS 108, and PSY 203 (or MATH 203)
  • Must be taken at Chapman University or must be identified as equivalent in the Chapman University/Saddleback College TAG agreement
  • May only be taken once
  • Must be taken for a letter grade
  • Must be completed by the end of spring semester junior year
  • Taken together the courses must compute to a GPA > 3.6
Step Three:
  1. Submit your application to PTCAS in August before the beginning of your senior year.
  2. GRE minimum scores: Verbal: 152, Quantitative 148, Writing 4.0
  3. Submit observation hours on PTCAS
  4. Degree conferral from Chapman University with a bachelor of science in Health Science
    - GPA > 3.4
  5. Submit deposit
  6. Student must schedule an interview with the Admissions Specialist to review and establish a plan to successfully complete the requirements guaranteed for early admission.

+ - Grievance Procedures

Complaints Outside Existing Institutional Complaint or Grievance Procedures

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chapman University has policy to address complaints that may fall outside of the existing institutional complaint procedures as stated below:

The Department of Physical Therapy values comments and concerns that relate to its curriculum, students, faculty, and graduates from parties outside the University. We strive to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Procedures and Responsibilities

Complaints could be submitted in writing or anonymously.

The Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy or the Dean, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Services will manage the complaint. If indicated, the DPT Chair or Dean will respond to the maker of the complaint within three (3) weeks of receiving the complaint. When appropriate, the Department Chair or his designee may consult with other University offices and personnel in addressing the complaint.

Responsible Party: Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy or Dean of the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Comments may be directed to the responsible parties. 

The Chair may be reached at: DPT@chapman.edu
Address: 9401 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine, CA 92618

The Dean may be reached at: creancollege@chapman.edu 
Address: 9401 Jeronimo Rd, Irvine, CA 92618[KR1] 

Existing Institutional Complaint, Hearing and Appeal Procedures:[KR2] 

Sexual Harassment and Title IX

+ - Community Outreach

Stroke Boot Camp

Stroke Boot Camp is a NO-COST,  2 week intensive, interdisciplinary treatment program for chronic stroke survivors. Faculty and students participate by:  1) helping design and implement the programs; 2) assist with collecting and analyzing clinical outcome data; or 3) providing hands-on interventions.  Healthcare professionals and graduate students from several disciplines and programs join together to provide multi-dimensional, patient-centered care that fosters social interaction.

Commmunity Exercise Program (CEP)

DPT faculty and students offer this NO-COST exercise service to the community. Classes led and supervised by Licensed Physical Therapists with graduate student participation. This is a focused exercise class for those affected by Balance, Coordination, Neurological, and Mobility related impairments and disability. Caregivers are welcomed. Parking is free. Space is limited based on availability.

Telerehabilitation, Robotic Therapy, and Augmented Reality Games for Stroke Recovery

As part of a series of collaborative clinical research studies with Dr. Steven Cramer’s Neural Repair Lab at UCI, Dr. McKenzie and DPT students have been involved in the inception and implementation of innovative approaches to stroke rehabilitation that incorporate cutting edge technology into emerging models of neurorehabilitation for stroke.  The interdisciplinary research team includes neurologists, post-doctoral fellows, M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. students, physical and occupational therapists, bioengineers and bioengineering graduate students, computer scientists, and undergraduates.

Chapman-CIME Physical Therapy Internship Program

The Chapman Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) International Internship Program in Costa Rica is a 10-12 week program offered in collaboration with the Center for International Multidisciplinary Education (CIME) consisting of language instruction and cultural activities and independent supervised internship work in Physical Therapy.  Chapman University DPT students may elect to participate in the CIME-Chapman Internship Program as their final practicum.  It is divided into two blocks: an initial 4 week period in San Jose, Costa Rica and a 6-8 week internship period in a location within Costa Rica. Throughout both blocks of the program, students stay with Costa Rican host families.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chapman University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
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Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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If needing to contact the Chapman University DPT program directly, please call (714) 744-6822 or email: dpt@chapman.edu